Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is set to join Chelsea on a free transfer following the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.
Silva, 35, played for PSG in the 1-0 defeat to Bayern on Sunday night in what was his final game for the club with his contract expired and not renewed by the French giants.
Reports that there were talks between Silva and Fiorentina about a potential move seem to have been too soon though, as the player denied them following the final and it’s now come to light that he has chosen Chelsea as his next club.
Frank Lampard has been linked with a new centre-back this summer, with many reports that Declan Rice was his number one target for the position due to his ability to also play in midfield. However with the club prioritising their big money signings in attack, it seems they’ve made the decision to cut back and bring in a proven name without a transfer fee.
Silva would join as a free agent on fairly large wages, but a short-term contract makes the deal a very clever bit of business from the club.
With Rice the number one target seemingly, by bringing in Silva on a short-term deal it means they can revisit the Rice deal at a later date without signing an expensive stop-gap in the process. It also means that if they decided against Rice in the future, the position is still open to be filled in the near future and they can revisit the market as a whole again.
Despite that, Silva has shown this season that he is still at the top end of the centre-back ladder in Europe and he is an instant improvement on all their options in the position at the club currently. He brings experience and leadership to a squad bereft of it and can help improve the mentality of the young squad, including players like Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi who have come through the academy.
If Chelsea are able to complete the deal, as looks likely this week, then it would take their new additions up to five for the summer with a deal for Kai Havertz also likely to be completed in the near future after the clubs agreed a €100million package for the German sensation to go along with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and the incoming Ben Chilwell at left-back.
Chelsea are coming for the title next season, and Frank Lampard will have no excuses for not delivering an improvement on the last campaign.