AC Milan defender Thiago Silva could become the subject of the biggest transfer fee in French football history if talks between the Italian club and Paris Saint Germain succeed this week.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani flew to Paris on Tuesday to open talks with PSG management over the eventual transfer of the Brazilian to the Parc des Princes, according to reports here.
The reports added that PSG, now owned by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), could pay the Italian giants 45 million euros ($56m) for Silva, who would receive a five million euro bonus as well as an annual salary of nine million euros.
PSG already hold the French transfer record having paid 42 million euros for Argentinian Javier Pastore last summer.
The Parisian club's Qatari owners aim to transform the perrenial underachievers into one of the biggest clubs in Europe and are said to still be targeting Milan's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Faced with such speculation, Galliani affirmed last week: "There is a 99.9 percent chance that Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva remain with Milan."
A deal for Napoli's Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi was also said to be "very much on track", according to PSG sporting director Leonardo last week.