And he sounded them out over the possibility of landing the Spaniard next summer.
Silva was stunned to learn of their interest and is open to the prospect of a Bernabeu switch at the end of the season. But, following discussions, Madrid bosses fear his wage expectations could kill off their chances of landing him.
Silva signed a new deal at City worth a staggering £200,000-a-week in September.
A Real source said: “It is a very difficult operation, but not impossible.”