Real Madrid are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara as they look to replace Mateo Kovacic, claims Onda Cero.
The Spanish international has been lined up for a switch to Los Blancos, with Julen Lopetegui’s midfield short of cover following Kovacic’s loan move to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old is likely to cost €50 million (Dh 209.7) as the Champions League winners bid to reach an agreement with Bayern for the former Barcelona star.
The Portugal striker, who stars alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for his nation, never got off the ground at the San Siro – taking until March to score his first Serie A goal after joining last summer.
The Rossoneri shelled out the princely sum of €38m to Porto for his services but will hope Silva is a success in Spain, as Sevilla are willing to pay up an initial €5m loan fee with a €30m option to buy.
Silva is not part of the squad that faces Real Madrid in a friendly on Saturday and has flown out to Seville for a medical.
The transfer window slams shut in both France and Spain on August 31, giving the Parisian club plenty of time to seal a deal for the 21-year-old talent.
Although the Frenchman was part of Didier Deschamps’ winning World Cup squad, he faces a big season at club level and needs regular game time – something of which he is not guaranteed at Barca – to progress.
Dembele has only fleetingly produced his top talent on the pitch at Blaugrana since his €105m arrival from Borussia Dortmund last summer, while the purchase of Brazilian winger Malcom also provides more competition.