AC Milan reject unbelievable PSG offer for Thiago Silva

AC Milan have rejected what was a new world record offer for a defender from Paris St-Germain for Thiago Silva. Milan owner and former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says the wealthy Ligue 1 side made a bid of £37.5m for the 27-year-old Brazilian centre-back. "We had no intention of selling Silva," Berlusconi said.

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand remains the world's most expensive defender after his £33.1m move from Leeds to Old Trafford 10 years ago. The Qatar Investment Authority bought 70% of PSG's shares last year, brought in coach Carlo Ancelotti and promised him enough transfer funds to build a top squad.

Despite already spending a lot of money last summer PSG finished second in the league last season, three points behind surprise champions Montpellier. Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to bring some players from his former team, AC Milan, with Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic also being on his list.

Silva is currently under contract with Milan until June 2016 but his agent Paolo Tonietto has already began claiming that the club needs to offer the Brazilian a new contract. Berlusconi replied that the club are willing to give Thiago, who earns around £3.25m a year, a contract extension.

"Thiago Silva is a great man and we can find an easy solution. We hope to have the best defence next season," Berlusconi said. And that is why they finally decided not to sell him, because the AC Milan top management believed that they would not be able to find a suitable replacement.

"We considered the possibility (to sell) and we looked at the central defenders that could replace Thiago Silva but we haven't found an adequate player. The old heart of Silvio Berlusconi has allowed us to reject this offer," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani stated. Silva joined Milan from Fluminense in December 2008 in a deal worth then £8.4m.

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