Milan are ready to offer David Silva a contract when he leaves Manchester City but face competition from a number of their Serie A rivals.
The Corriere dello Sport says Milan met with Silva’s agents at Casa Milan after Christmas, with Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara and Zvonimir Boban involved in the discussions. Boban has since left the club, while Maldini and Massara continue in their respective roles as technical director and director of football.
It’s noted that Silva’s City contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the club were planning a farewell for one of their greatest ever players, due to take place in connection with the visit of Norwich City on May 17. However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the postponement of the Premier League season and it is not yet know when or if the season will resume. One suggestion has been to extend Silva’s contract for a further 12 months and allow him to depart on a high.
Silva is considered one of City’s greatest players, having been instrumental in the 2011-21 Premier League victory, the club’s first title win since 1967-68. That was the first of four Premier League titles for Silva, who also lifted the trophy in 2013-14, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The 34-year-old has also won the FA Cup twice in his time at the Etihad Stadium, as well as five League Cups. Since signing from Valencia in 2010-11, he has made 423 appearances for City, scoring 73 goals, and has also accumulated 125 caps for Spain, finding the net on 35 occasions, including in La Roja’s Euro 2012 final win over Italy. Silva scored the game’s opening goal, with Spain going on to win 4-0 and retain the trophy they also won in 2008.
The Corriere dello Sport add that Milan’s neighbours Inter, and Serie A opponents Roma, have previously attempted to bring Silva to Italy, but been unable to complete the deal because of the costs involved. A salary of between €6m and €8m is mooted in this instance.
It’s said that playing in Italy is a long-held dream of Silva’s, but Milan also face competition from David Beckham’s MLS start-up franchise Inter Miami, who have made an offer to the 2010 World Cup winner.