Silva Exit Talk Fuelled As Contract Talks Stall


Manchester City, so often the predator in the transfer market, suddenly finds themselves the prey. David Silva, 31, their mercurial midfield maestro stunned the City hierarchy when he pulled out of contract extension talks, reports the Daily Mirror.

The news pricked the interest of Inter Milan and their city rivals, AC Milan, both of whom expressed their intent to bring the Spanish international to Serie A.

Resurrgent under the leadership of Luciano Spalletti, Internazionale find themselves on the cusp of the title race at this early stage of the season with the former Roma boss determined to usurp his former club and Juventus to win the Scudetto this season.

Silva, instrumental in City’s charge to the top of the Premier League, could be the missing piece in the jigsaw. However, the Nerazzurri face a tough job in convincing Pep Guardiola to sanction a January sale unless the Catalan can land Alexis Sanchez, 28, from Arsenal as a replacement.

AC Milan meanwhile, are desperate to return to former glories. Vincenzo Montella’s position has come under intense scrutiny with former Milan player and coach Carlo Ancelotti sacked yesterday by Bayern Munich.

The Italian is highly-respected throughout world football with an honours list which surpasses many clubs, as well as those of his peers. Landing a new coach and one of English football’s most-coveted talents would put AC Milan on a different level.

Having ruled Serie A relatively untroubled for the past five years, Juventus are finding other clubs willing to match their spending and put them under pressure.