Silva, 21, is considered to be one of the finest young talents in Brazilian football having broken into the Cruzeiro first team, and has already made four appearances for Brazil's Under-20 side, providing Brazilian fans with a much needed boost following their World Cup humiliation this summer.
With his rapid development at Cruzeiro turning heads, a number of teams around Europe have been looking at a move for Silva, including Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, with a €10m price tag allegedly on Silva's head.
Just days ago, Silva's agent admitted that it's United who are leading the race for his signature having made enquiries in recent weeks.
"There are not many details that I can tell you, but I can confirm that I was approached by people linked to Manchester United," Luis Rocha said. "We are now just waiting for the official proposal."
Now, Louis van Gaal - and the other interested managers - have been handed a boost after Silva, who has shown his exceptional passing and ability to win the back back in front of the back four with Cruzeiro, admitted that he wants a move to Europe; if it suits Cruzeiro.
"I have the dream of playing in Europe, but I don't want to leave Cruzeiro the wrong way. I was developed by Cruzeiro. If it's not something good for me or Cruzeiro, it won't be bad to stay here."
"My agents make me aware when there is something, when some teams talk or make contact. They assure me they handle this and that I have to worry about what happens on the pitch. I have to do my work well at Cruzeiro so people will still talk about me outside Brazil."