Thiago Silva available? Manchester United must rival City for his signature

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A world class defender may be available for transfer on the summer market. If so, Manchester United must make a move.

A report in El Mundo Deportivo speculates that renowned defender Thiago Silva is frustrated with the coaching of current Paris Saint Germain managerial incumbent Laurent Blanc and could become a high profile Parc des Princes target for Manchester City in the summer.

Silva could be the ideal centre back partner for City skipper Vincent Kompany, however, due to the defensive status at Manchester United, Old Trafford boss David Moyes would be wise to do all he can to land the Brazilian, as Nemanja Vidic is Internazionale-bound, Rio Ferdinand's future is ambiguous and Moyes still does not have an elite-level backline.

Silva, though, could go a long way in remedying that.

Silva, 29, is in his peak years for his playing position and, in the Ligue 1 season to date, has returned exceptional statistics.

Silva has a 93% success rate, averages 65 pass attempts per 90 minute match, has completed 26 tackles, 53 interceptions and 125 clearances. He is also a threat from long ball situations, strong in the air and possesses exceptional positional nous.

He is valued at £35m by transfermarkt.co.uk.

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