After identifying the need to recruit an eventual successor to team captain Carles Puyol, Barcelona have turned they sights to Thiago Silva of Paris Saint-Germain.
They see the captain of the Ligue 1 champions as the ideal fit. Barcelona had initially bid €32 million for his services but PSG immediately declined that offer. As it stands, Silva would not rule out a move for the Catalans and, with PSG standing firm, it is down to Barcelona to activate the Brazilian's release clause if they hope to sign him.
However, PSG president Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi has publicly stated that, if Barcelona should meet Thiago’s buyout fee, then the French club would do the same to the €250 million clause in Lionel Messi's contract.
With all of this being discussed and contemplated, one has to ask the question if Messi would consider leaving Barca to go to PSG let alone any other club in the world.
Messi is undoubtedly the best player presently and arguably the best there ever was. He owes this recognition on this global scale to one special club, FC Barcelona. He is on that long list of one club men and he will continue to be a Barca man until he retires.
At present, there is no need for him to play for another team, he has all that he needs there, and some of the greatest talents in the world will play behind him and alongside him. He really has nothing left to prove, only to carry on to be the best the game has seen and will see for some time to come.
So it really doesn’t matter what Al-Khelaifi threatens, at the end of the day if PSG loses Silva, they could never get Messi.
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