Creative and versatile, Silva has reportedly been a target for Manchester United and Manchester City. Any starting bid is expected to be in the region of £25m for a player who started five of Spain’s six games at Euro 2008.
He helped Valencia to a third-place finish this season and scored a career-best 10 goals in 40 matches, despite being sidelined throughout December with a knee ligament injury.
Silva was born in the Canary Islands, where his maternal grandfather had settled in the 1960s after arriving from South Korea. He was spotted by Valencia aged 14 and his father abandoned a political career to move to mainland Spain with his son.
A regular for Spain at youth level, Silva won the 2004 European Under-19 Championship as well as being part of the squad which finished second at the 2003 Under-17 World Cup.
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