The new coach of FC Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, had put Javi Martinez and Thiago Silva at the top of his most wanted list. Now he has changed his focus to the English Premier league and Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany and David Luiz.
AC Milan have already turned down an offer of 46 million euros for their Brazilian defender Silva. Athletic Bilbao are demanding too high a price from Barca and the deal is further complicated, because Martinez does not want to upset the fans and the club that has been good to him. It is thought, also, that Bilbao promised their coach Bielsa that they would not break up the team. He signed a contract extension on the strength of this.