Barcelona have reached a tentative contract agreeement with Thiago Silva, reports Eurosport.
A first draft of a five-year deal for the Brazilian international has been drawn up, and it is seen as the first step before formal negotiations can begin with his current club Paris St Germain.
It is believed that the defender would have to take a wage cut from his lucrative earnings with the French champions if he were to move to the Nou Camp, but bonuses and the length of the contract are what has attracted him to agreeing to the proposal.
PSG are waiting for their new manager Laurent Blanc to hold discussions with the player, which owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi will also be involved in.
The 28-year-old signed for the French champions for €42m from AC Milan in 2012 and they are unlikely to want to let him go for less than what they paid for him, particularly as there are four years left on his current contract.
Tito Vilanova is searching for a new centre-back this summer, as they are looking for better defensive competition for Gerard Pique and a natural successor to captain Carles Puyol.
The Primera Liga champions have recently had a £30m bid for Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz rejected.
Sorting out his wages was a stumbling block, but now it is up to PSG to take a tough stance over a player they are likely to be unwilling to sell to a potential Champions League rival.
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