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Barcelona offered encouragement in pursuit of PSG defender Thiago Silva

Barcelona have received fresh encouragement over their pursuit of PSG defender Thiago Silva.

The Brazil international is Barca coach Tito Vilanova's top defensive transfer target this summer, but PSG have so far been reluctant to do business.

However, Marca says with PSG on the brink of signing Marquinhos from AS Roma, Thiago Silva is now set to become available.

Barca, having just sold Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich for €25 million, will have the cash power to tempt PSG into parting with their star defender.

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