Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria is joining a club in Paris Saint-Germain that are bigger than any apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Di Maria will undergo a medical in Qatar today after PSG agreed a fee of £44.5million to sign the Argentina winger from Manchester United.
Di Maria endured a disappointing season at Old Trafford following his move from Real Madrid for a British record fee, but Silva believes his capture is evidence of PSG's growing stature.
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"People now need to respect PSG as one of the big clubs in Europe," Silva said. "Real Madrid and Barcelona are probably on another level, but after that if you join PSG you are you probably taking a step up."
PSG knocked out Chelsea on their way to the Champions League semi-finals last season, a fact not lost on Silva.
"We went further than any English clubs in Europe last year," he added.