By Gaia Brunelli & Elia Raimondo, Goal.com
Paris Saint-Germain is on the verge of pulling off a sensational 60 million euros double swoop for AC Milan duo Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Goal.com can confirm.
Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has been planning to offload the pair for months in order to wipe out a significant chunk of the club's mounting debts, as well as remove two hefty salaries from the wage bill, with Ibrahimovic earning a reported 12m euros a year, while Thiago Silva is paid a yearly sum of 6m euros plus bonuses at San Siro.
Galliani's plan was initially undermined by the Berlusconi family, with club owner Silvio Berlusconi blocking the proposed sale of Thiago Silva to PSG for 46m euros at the last minute before subsequently handing the Brazilian a lucrative new contract.
However, Galliani has now been given the green light to cash in on Milan's two most valuable assets, meaning it will now be up to the players involved to decide if they want to move to the French capital.
Thiago Silva claimed over the weekend that he was "glad" that his proposed switch to the Parc des Princes collapsed, revealing that he never wanted to leave San Siro, but that the deal has now been resurrected should not be an issue for the Brazil international.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has expressed an interest in relocating to the French capital and the Swede's representative, Mino Raiola, is also reportedly keen to secure the 30-year-old striker one last big pay day.
As for Milan, it accepts that filling the void left by Thiago Silva could be close to impossible, but is confident of finding an adequate replacement for Ibrahimovic. Indeed, not only are the Rossoneri considering reigniting their interest in Carlos Tevez, they are also, as Goal.com revealed earlier this week, courting the Argentine's Manchester City teammate Edin Dzeko.
Liverpool forward Andy Carroll and Siena striker Mattia Destro are also under consideration, with the latter representing a particularly attractive proposition for Galliani, whose goal is build a new Milan, younger and cheaper, but no less successful.
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