Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer to England would be 'step down' - Thiago Silva
Zlatan Ibrahimovic would star in the Premier League, according to Manchester City's Fernandinho, though the Paris Saint-Germain striker's teammate Thiago Silva says moving to England would be a "step down."
Man City face PSG in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, with the tie level at 2-2.
The French side are counting on the 34-year-old to deliver them to victory at the Etihad Stadium, which happens to be a possible destination for the sought-after Ibrahimovic.
Fernandinho told Omnisport he would welcome a player of Ibrahimovic's stature to the Premier League.
"Undoubtedly, he would be a special player at the Premier League if it really happens," he told Omnisport.
"He is a player who has been very victorious in his career -- won many titles, won individual awards -- and that shows how important he is."
However, Silva said there was no team in England -- not even Man City -- who could compare to PSG, who have already secured their fourth straight Ligue 1 title.
"He is my good friend, but also at 34 he is playing the best football of his career," Silva told the Mirror. "He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him."
"Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him.
"I know he has offers from England -- and it is a big league -- but I don't think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment.
"For me it would be a step down in quality for him."
PSG, who have not reached the Champions League semifinals since 1995, are also in contention to win both their domestic cups, and Silva said aiming for a Quadruple of trophies is among his top goals.
"I play for trophies; whatever trophy I can win, I will do everything in my power, in my sacrifice, to win it. Absolutely," he said.
"So if we can win it, we want to win it. The players on the pitch want to win everything. That's why we are here, to train, to focus, to prepare and to do it. So let's see."