“Negotiations have existed between Milan and Paris St Germain,” Tonietto told www.tuttomercatoweb.com.
“But I don’t know if Milan will sell him.
“Should Milan decide to sell him, it would be the best time for Thiago to change clubs.”
Reports in France claim PSG have increased their offer to 50million euros for the South American and that Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has travelled to Paris to close the deal.
“The top clubs in Europe have expressed to AC Milan an interest in Thiago,” Tonietto said.
“But almost all of them thought that Milan would never sell him, also because we are talking about one of the most important elements of Milan’s squad.”
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani expects the negotiations in selling defender Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain to be arduous.
Galliani was in Paris on Tuesday to hold talks with PSG executives with a view to the Brazil international joining the French club.
Milan were adamant they would not sell Silva but are now tempted with reports PSG have reportedly increased their offer to 50million euros.
The decision to sell Silva has been met with criticism by the Rossoneri faithful.
“Silva is a player that you cannot substitute, regardless of the amount of money offered,” AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano said.
“Thiago makes up 50% of the squad.”
Former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini would be surprised if the Rossoneri let Silva leave the San Siro this summer.
“Thiago’s transfer is a sign of weakness,” Maldini said. “He is the great defender there is in the world right now and Milan cannot do without him.”
The problem for AC Milan is that they let a lot of veterans leave this summer and they need money in order to rebuild the squad. With Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules coming into effect, it it difficult now for clubs to go on a spending spree with them first raising cash by selling a player.
Fifty million euros is a lot of money, and Milan could get four or five starters next season with that money.