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Juventus' Paul Pogba is being watched by PSG, says Thiago Silva

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has told Le Parisien that the French champions are keeping tabs on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Due to a thigh injury, Pogba, 22, will be absent from the France lineup that Thiago Silva, 30, will face when Brazil meet Les Bleus at the Stade de France in a friendly on Thursday.

PSG have repeatedly been linked with a move for Pogba, who reportedly met the French club's president, Nasser Al Khelaifi, in Monaco recently.

And although the midfielder signed a contract extension with Juve earlier this season, his agent, Mino Raiola, suggested in a recent L'Equipe interview that his client may consider leaving Turin this summer. 

Thiago Silva acknowledged PSG are among the many suitors keeping an eye on the sought-after former Manchester United man.

"For France, for European football, he's a golden boy. His coach at Juventus [Massimiliano Allegri] says a lot of good things about him," he said. "He's a loss for the French. He's a player the whole of Europe is watching, notably PSG."

Paul Pogba has been linked with a big-money summer move.

Sidelined for some two months due to his injury, Pogba will also be absent when Juve play Monaco in next month's Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Thiago Silva will -- injury permitting -- lead PSG into their own last-eight clash with Barcelona, who include in their ranks his international teammate Neymar.

Neymar scored for Barca in both games against PSG in this season's group stage -- a 3-2 loss at the Parc des Princes and a 3-1 triumph at the Camp Nou.

Thiago Silva, however, insisted he is still looking forward to coming up against his compatriot.

"It's always special to play against friends," said Thiago Silva, who lost the Brazil captaincy to Neymar following last summer's World Cup.

"Barcelona have great players, but so do PSG. We'll have to pay attention to him. It'll be a different game to the one in the group stage. Barcelona are on a good run, us too. It'll be a great tie."


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