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Adriano: Silva wants to join Barca

July 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

Barcelona defender Adriano has revealed PSG captain Thiago Silva is eager to join the Spanish champions this summer, adding to speculation that the Brazilian will move to the Camp Nou.

Maxwell, Thiago Silva
GettyImagesSilva has four years remaining on his contract at PSG

Silva has consistently been linked with the Catalan club in recent weeks and admitted it would be a "dream" to play for Barcelona.

Despite the Brazil international signing a five-year deal with PSG just last year, Barca reportedly made a €32 million bid for him last week.

Selecao compatriot Adriano has confirmed the Spanish side's interest in Silva and claims the 28-year-old has spoken privately about his desire to play under Tito Vilanova. 

"He told me if he could come to Barcelona [it] would be a dream," Adriano told RAC1. "He has always wanted to wear the Barca shirt, we are friends and I talk a lot with him. His arrival would be very good news if Barca signed him.

"If it were up to Thiago, he'd be here. But it doesn't just depend on him. PSG have also invested heavily in him and, if Barca want him, they need to find an agreement with the club.

"We had more injuries last year than other seasons but these things happen. Whomever comes in to help us will be a welcome addition."

But Silva's agent Paulo Tonietto quickly refuted Adriano's comments, claiming there are no talks with Barca.

He said on Twitter: "Thiago Silva and his agent Paulo Tonietto deny the information referring to the transfer of the player to Barcelona."