Popescu excited by Silva prospect

Gheorghe Popescu says Barcelona’s defence would be unmatched in world football if they could sign Thiago Silva.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou this summer, even as the player, his agent and the French club indicate he won’t be sold.

For one of Barca’s more notable former centre-backs and captains, the prospect of linking him up with Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol is quite something.

“A trio of centre-backs in Puyol, Pique and Thiago Silva would be awesome,” Popescu enthused this week on La Xarxa.

“If Barca can sign Thiago Silva, they would have the three best centre-backs in the world. But I do not know if they will be able to buy him.

“[Marc] Bartra has the potential too, but to reach the level of Pique and Puyol, he must play. Being on the bench you cannot gain experience. He is a quality player and young.

“For the club it would be very important for the future that they find a player who can play at centre-back and act as a playmaker.

“Now this can be accomplished and [Javier] Mascherano does it very well.”

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