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No City approach for Thiago Silva

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Roberto Mancini has denied claims he has made an attempt to sign Thiago Silva from AC Milan, or offload Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to the Italian giants.

The Manchester City boss was in Milan on Monday and met the club's vice president Adriano Galliani at the San Siro.

Mancini's visit created speculation that he is interested in bringing Brazilian defender Silva to the Etihad Stadium this summer, or perhaps is keen for Milan to take either Tevez or Balotelli off his hands.

The Italian has previously stated his intention to keep hold of Balotelli, although Tevez may see his desire to leave Manchester finally realised during the transfer window.

Mancini has, however, dismissed his meeting with Galliani as nothing more than a courtesy visit, and claimed no potential summer deals were discussed.

"It lasted 10 minutes and I certainly didn't make an offer for Thiago Silva," Mancini told Italian news agency ANSA.

"Even less did I offer Balotelli [who played for Inter Milan for three years] or Tevez to Milan."

Silva, meanwhile, has also been linked with Barcelona, but his representative has moved to dismiss speculation that the player will be leaving the San Siro during the transfer window.

"Neither I nor Thiago have had contacts with Manchester City or Barcelona," Silva's agent Paulo Tonietto said.

"His preference is certainly Milan. Only the club executives of Milan can decide whether to sell the player.

"Right now the rumours circulating regarding his future are simply media speculation."

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