As part of Mikel Arteta’s rebuild of Arsenal, he hopes to attract experienced defender Thiago Silva to the club in the summer transfer window.
According to the Evening Standard and backed previously by Le10Sport, the Gunners believe they can beat the likes of Tottenham to the Brazilian’s signature due to the fact that current Arsenal star David Luiz has a great personal relationship with Silva, the duo having played together for the national team and Paris Saint-Germain.
Silva looks set to become a free agent as a new contract with the French giants has not yet been agreed , and 90min has reported in the past that Everton, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Wolves are all interested in him as well.
Silva has a wealth of experience in Italy, Brazil and France as well as in the Champions League as he has played 505 times at centre-back and has even managed to pick up 32 goals along the way, per Transfermarkt.
Even though he is 35 years old, his experience and winning mentality could be vital for the Gunners and Arteta as they would have a proper leader at the back who could help push Arsenal up the table and, instead of battling for sixth place, be in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
With Arsenal now using five at the back, Silva could still do a great job in the centre as he should be able to command the defence around him. The Gunners have only kept nine clean sheets in 32 Premier League games, with their defensive deficiencies being called out by the likes of Alan Shearer and Martin Keown in recent months.
Therefore, if they are able to get Silva even for only a couple of years, his experience and winning mindset could help to stabilise Arsenal’s much-maligned defence and remedy what has been a major problem for them.
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