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The actual evidence of our interest in Barcelona full-back Sylvinho is very thin but that doesn’t stop the more sensationalist members of the press reporting it as fact.

As far as I’m concerned, replacing Paul Konchesky at left back – or at least bringing in some quality cover – would be a good idea in the summer transfer window. But paying a hefty bit more in wages for Sylvinho, who’s no spring chicken at 36 and defensively suspect, would hardly be a sound long-term investment.

The Brazilian is apparently desperate for one last crack at the Premier League. Make of that what you will. My rough translation: he wants one last big pay-day. He’s definitely on his way out at the Camp Noy, as Pep Guardiola’s search for a new left back, like Maxwell at Inter Milan maybe, has been all over the Spanish press this week. I’d be very surprised if Roy signed Sylvinho, though.