A year after a sensational swoop for Franck Ribery on a free transfer, Fiorentina DS Daniele Pradè seems to be testing the Bosman waters again, this time with PSG and Brazil star Thiago Silva. Gianluca di Marzio reports that the Viola have made contact with the former AC Milandefender, with Silva supposedly interested in a return to Italy after 7 years in Paris.

This seems to be a pretty common theme for the Viola under Rocco Commisso, who’s transparently explained his desire for high profile signings. Silva would certainly fit the bill; even at 35 years of age, he’s played at a high level in Ligue 1 this year, although the Qatari-owned outfit have declined to extend his contract due to the numerous youngsters waiting in the wings.

Silva may have lost a bit of his famous pace, but his reading of the game and timing in the tackle remain impeccable. His capacity for organizing the defense and adding to the attack with incisive distribution hasn’t diminished either, and, despite some whispers about his attitude—largely based on his loss of the armband for Brazil—he’s generally regarded as a real leader on and off the pitch. In short, he’d doubtless be an asset for the Viola, or for any club that wanted him.