The People says Barcelona will go all out to land Silva to replace the ageing Xavi.
Senior officials from the Catalan club have compiled a list of candidates to take over the 34-year-old Barca idol’s role this summer – and £50million-rated Silva is their unanimous choice.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini fears that City star Silva will be ambushed when he joins up with Spain for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Barcelona’s big names may try to tempt Silva back to his homeland – a lure that could prove too much for the former Valencia star who joined City for £25million in 2010.
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