Silva will cost 80m in gold if Madrid are to move for City star
12:14 GMT, 1 July 2012
David Silva will cost Real Madrid an astonishing 80million if they want to pry him from the grip of Manchester City.
The club believe the prohibitive price tag will dissuade the Spanish predators from their pursuit of City's star player.
Star: David Silva (right) is a Real Madrid target
Spanish reports suggest Madrid boss Jose Mourinho would be able to spend up to 45m on the player as he tries to consolidate his La Liga winning squad.
The Sunday Mirror report that he is also willing to offer Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain to sweeten the deal for Roberto Mancini.
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The Italian has already begun contract talks with 26-year-old Silva as they aim to tie him down until 2016.
Another signature City are aiming to obtain is that of Robin van Persie.
If they can get Emmanuel Adebayor to move to Tottenham it would open the door to signing the Dutch hitman.