After all the speculation, it seems ‘all’ it took to keep Thiago Silva at PSG was an additional €2 million per year.
The Brazilian international defender has been voraciously pursued by Barcelona, and admitted that he “dreamed” of playing for the Spanish champions.
But PSG have maintained all along that their skipper is not for sale, and even threatened to active the buyout clause in Lionel Messi’s contract if Barca did not leave Thiago alone.
Reports emerged over the weekend that Barca will now battle Bayern Munich for the signature of another Brazil international defender, Chelsea star David Luiz.
It appears Barca have all but given up on luring Silva to the Camp Nou, because he has put pen to paper on a lucrative contract extension with the French Ligue 1 holders.
According to reports in L’Equipe, after months of negotiations between Silva’s agent and PSG’s owners in Doha, the 28-year-old stopper has inked a deal that will see him stay at the Parc des Princes until 2018.
In exchange for his bumper new wage and performance-related add-ons, Silva has undertaken not to agitate for a move to Barca or elsewhere for at least another season.
On a good day for PSG, it was also announced that the club has agreed a contract extension with in-demand 20-year-old Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.
Verratti was one of the best players in the French top-flight last season, and amid all of PSG’s ludicrously paid players, he was ‘only’ earning €850 000 per year.
So it was no surprise when teams from across Europe thought they could lure such a top talent away.
However, PSG have rewarded Verratti for his blossoming excellence with a new deal that will see him earn a little over €2 million per year, and will keep him at the club until 2018 at least.