Barca keen on Gunners star
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Catalans have made strengthening their midfield a priority for next season, and want to add another defensive-minded player to their ranks.
Edgar Davids is on loan at Camp Nou from Juventus until the end of the campaign, but it is still unclear whether the Dutchman will join on a permanent basis.
Even if Davids does commit himself, Barca are keen on Silva and are contemplating a move for the 27-year-old.
"He is an interesting player," stated Barca vice president Sandro Rosell.
"He could well interest our coaches in the future."
Silva is still an integral part of Arsene Wenger's plans at Highbury, though the form of compatriot Edu has forced him out of The Gunners' starting line-up in recent weeks.
Wenger is unlikely to want the World Cup winner to leave North London as he continues to build for the future, but a big-money offer from Barca might persuade him to do business.
Rosell explained that Barca are currently gathering information on players and drawing up a final list of targets for their summer recruitment programme.
It is understood that as well as Davids and Silva, Roma's Emerson is another midfielder coming under their gaze.
Their other priority is in the striking department; with Patrick Kluivert almost certain to depart this summer, as David Trezeguet (Juventus) and Albert Luque (Deportivo La Coruna) have emerged as their principal targets.