“Chelsea” has signed a contract with defender Thiago Silva for two years. The Brazilian Central defender, 35, became a free agent after PSG’s Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich on Sunday and will receive 104 euros a week.
Silva, who spent eight years with PSG after joining from AC Milan in 2012, will become Frank Lampard’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Since Chelsea, seeking to strengthen, were banned from signing players last summer, the London club could also complete deals with Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz before the start of the new season.
Silva won seven Ligue 1 titles during his time in France, but leaves the club without achieving the European success most desired in Paris.
Despite sealing a fourth-placed finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League, Chelsea struggled defensively throughout Lampard’s debut campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Having conceded 54 Premier League goals last season, the worst record in the top half and 21 more than champions Liverpool, it was clear that Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was not going to end his transfer business with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Strengthening his defensive options was always on the agenda and Silva showed there is still value in bringing the 35-year-old to Stamford Bridge with an assured display in the Champions League final, despite his side falling short.
Also Read: PEP Guardiola tops the list of the highest paid coaches in the EPL with N10.1 billion (see the position of Mourinho and Klopp)
Chelsea may have to offload one of their four senior centre-halves in order to raise funds: Fikayo Tomori has been linked with a loan move to Rennes, there has been talk of Kurt Zouma heading in the opposite direction while Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are entering the final two years of their current deals.
But for those who stay on next season, Silva would offer a wealth of experience and will aid the development of the highly-rated 18-year-old defender Xavier Mbuyamba – the Dutchman signed after cancelling his contract at Barcelona and dubbed the ‘next Virgil van Dijk’.