Real Madrid are ready to test Manchester City's resolve to keep David Silva with a £35million bid for the Spain star.
The 26-year-old had indicated he was ready to commit his future to the Blues by signing a new long-term deal.But Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes he can tempt the former Valencia forward to return home, reports the Daily Mirror.
The former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss, desperate to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three clubs, wants Silva to help Madrid claim a record 10th European crown at Wembley next May.
A Madrid source told the Daily Mirror: 'Jose has convinced the club that Silva is the man they need to bring "the 10th".
'More importantly, he now believes that David has changed his mind and decided he will not renew his contract at City. That is why the bid will go in.'
The Real boss will clear the decks for his move by offloading Brazilian Kaka, with the Bernebeu bosses sanctioning a likely £25m return to AC Milan which will mean Madrid making a staggering £30m loss on the one-time world's most expensive player.
Silva joined City from Valencia for £24million in 2010 and has two years left on his current deal.DailyMail