According to an exclusive report from The Telegraph, Chelsea are considering a move to sign Paris-Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer, with manager Frank Lampard looking to strengthen his back line ahead of next season.
Chelsea shipped the most goals of any team in last season’s Premier League top 10, with rotating options Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen seemingly not doing enough to stay resolute at the back.
As a result, sporting director Marina Granovskaia has been touted to make significant defensive additions, including Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge (Sky Sports).
Now, as per The Telegraph, Chelsea are also considering the chance to sign Silva, who is out of contract following the conclusion of PSG’s Champions League campaign, with the Ligue 1 giants up against Bayern Munich in the final of that competition on Sunday.
Would Thiago Silva be one of the bargains of the transfer window?
100%, he's a legend
No, too old
According to WhoScored, despite reaching the twilight stages of his career, Silva has still averaged an impeccable 95% passing accuracy out from the back, displaying a mature head as PSG aim to control possession in the majority of their games.
As well as this, the Brazilian star is a seasoned international, having amassed 88 caps for his country overall.
With Silva lauded as ‘extraordinary’ by ex-Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne, who also drew attention to his leadership skills, Chelsea may have a bargain on their hands regardless of his age (RMC Sport via Canal Supporters).
The Brazilian would be a quick fix in an otherwise leaky defence, but it couldn’t hurt to have someone as experienced as him in Lampard’s dressing room either.
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