Originally Posted by EGame
Apparently Milan want Thiago Alcantara + 10 million for Thiago Silva.
That gif is awesome. Although, that's a deal that shouldn't take place. Bad business for Barca.
Actually, speaking of Thiago Silva, here's what Tancredi Palmeri has just tweeted:
Confirmation: Manchester City through Mancini asked Thiago Silva to Milan. Milan made the price: 50m €!
So far, Milan haven't included Tevez in the deal with Thiago Silva, but asked for Kolarov on loan
Thiago Silva > City?
Originally Posted by Joel
Hazard saying he wants to move to Madrid in a few years after joining United/City/Chelsea is no big deal. In fact, you're going to end up making more than what you spent for him. As long as you don't build the team around him it's going to be good business.
Originally Posted by Seb
£20 million and Keita sounds more reasonable. I wouldn't straight swap Thiago for Thiago Silva, let alone with another £10 million, he's the natural heir to Xavi and is already one of the best mids in the world.
There's no shortage of quality centre-back's to buy anyway, as much as I would like Silva.
How? What has he proved over a season to say he is one of the best midfielders in the world? Until he has played a full season at the highest level that can't be said. I'd rate about 10 midfielders above him right now. Of course, once he does get into the team when Xavi gets faded out then it will more than likely be a valid claim.
Although yes, there are a lot of CBs around, but how many in Barca's price range? You don't have a lot to spend and it looks likely that you'll have to ship a player out (as you say, someone like Keita) to bring in. Top quality CBs aren't cheap.