AC Milan have agreed to sell striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva to Paris St-Germain, confirms club president Silvio Berlusconi.
Rumours surfaced on Wednesday suggesting that the pair were close to sealing a move to the French capital. And the Italian giants have now revealed that the duo will be leaving San Siro so that the club can save a good amount of money.
"Yes, I have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG. We'll save 150 million euros in two years," the Guardian quoted Berlusconi as saying.
The final details of the sale have not been disclosed but it is understood that the two players would move on for around €65mn (£51.5mn).
Silva had recently signed a new contract with the Italian club, keeping him at Milan till 2017, while Ibrahimovic is contracted to the club till 2015.
The Brazilian centre-back was close to joining PSG in a €46mn (£36.3mn) swoop earlier in the summer but Berlusconi pulled the plug on the transfer at the last minute, before offering the 27-year-old an improved contract.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic had also expressed an interest in moving to Paris and the Swede's representative, Mino Raiola, was also keen to secure the 30-year-old one more big-money deal. PSG sporting director Leonardo had confirmed on Thursday that the club was in talks over the Sweden hitman.
"Yes, negotiations are underway and we have spoken in Sweden. At the moment everything is possible, because the transfer marker is like this, it is always open. Soon we meet with Mino Raiola, and see what can be done. This business can only be considered closed when things are finalised," ESPN quoted Leonardo as saying.
Ibrahimovic, who was Serie A's top scorer last season, netting 28 goals from 32 appearances but Milan are confident of finding an adequate replacement for the former Barcelona man. The Rossoneri are considering reigniting their interest in Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, while his teammate Edin Dzeko is also on their radar, according to Goal.com.
PSG have already brought in Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli, while Liverpool's Andy Carroll and Siena's Mattia Destro have been linked to AC Milan recently.