Marca says Real were on the point of signing the player in August, when Sami Khedira's exit seemed to be a certainty.
In the end, the deal was not sealed, but since then Silva has forever been under Real's watchful eye, seen as the perfect candidate to reinforce the European champions' line-up.
It is in coach Carlo Ancelotti's hands whether he will come to the Bernabéu now or in June.
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