AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that he has sold Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.
It is understood that a €60 million (£47.4m) offer was enough to persuade the Italians into parting with two of their biggest assets, with the move then subject to the players negotiating personal terms with the Ligue 1 giants. Although the supremo did not confirm the figure involved in the transfer, he conceded that letting the duo leave would allow the club to reduce their costs.
"It is true that I have sold them to Paris Saint-Germain," he is quoted as saying by Ansa. "With their departures, we will save €150m [£118m]."
Despite Berlusconi's statements, neither the Serie A side or PSG have confirmed the transfers.
Earlier in the summer, Thiago Silva was close to joining PSG in a €46m (£36.3m) swoop, but Berlusconi vetoed the deal at the last minute before offering the Brazilian defender an improved contract.
However, with Milan's financial problems well documented, the Rossoneri have not been able to make a big investment in the summer transfer market following a season in which they lost their Serie A crown to Juventus.
The side have so far spent little over €4m (£3.1m) on quintet Francesco Acerbi, Gabriel, Bakaye Traore, Riccardo Montolivo and Kevin Constant.