Italian club AC Milan have rejected a world-record offer for a defender. The club’s owner Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he has rejected a € 46 million offer for defender Thiago Silva from French club PSG. The French club Paris St Germain have made it no secret that they have vast resources available to the manager Carlo Ancelotti in the summer transfer window. They have been pursuing a number of high-profile targets including Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. Thiago Silva has been a long-standing target for Carlo Ancelotti even when he was the Chelsea manager.

Silvio Berlusconi now has revealed that the club has turned down the opportunity to sell the 27-year-old defender for a world record fee of € 46 million. The current world record fee for a defender stands at € 33 million that Manchester United paid more than 10 years ago for Rio Ferdinand. Thiago Silva is currently on a contract that runs until 2016, while he is one of the relatively low paid players at the club. His contract pays him around only € 3.5 million. He can surely expect the figure to double if he joins Paris St Germain, but Silvio Berlusconi has also revealed that the club will offer a new contract for the defender.

“We had no intention of selling Silva. Thiago Silva is a great man and we can find an easy solution. We hope to have the best defence next season. They made us a very interesting offer, close to €46m. We considered the possibility (to sell) and we looked at the central defenders that could replace Thiago Silva but we haven’t found an adequate player. The old heart of Silvio Berlusconi has allowed us to reject this offer,” said Berlusconi. Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has said that he is extremely disappointed with the outcome.