Chelsea set to sign Thiago Silva

    Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing Thiago Silva, who became a free agent following Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League failure

    Thiago Silva dropped into a free-agent pool after his contract with PSG officially ran out following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

    The 35-year-old defender, who captained his side at the Estadio da Luz, is now free to pick his next destination, with Chelsea mooted for a possible solution.

    Although several Serie A clubs, including AC Milan and Fiorentina, harbor an interest in the experienced centre-back, the Premier League giants seem to be a step away from winning the transfer race.

    After overseeing his team concede 54 goals in the Premier League last season (more than any other side from the upper half of the table), Frank Lampard is desperate to add to his defensive options.

    The English manager has already tried to hire highly-rated West Ham United’s Declan Rice as part of his efforts to plug defensive leaks for next term.

    However, with the Hammers reluctant to strengthen cross-town rivals, Lampard had to switch his attention to the Brazil international.

    Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia pitched the idea to Silva’s representatives a couple of days ago.

    According to Sky Sports, the player has given his consent to joining the Stamford Bridge outfit now that his hopes of lifting his first-ever Champions League title came a cropper.

    Silva, who spent eight years at the Parc des Princes, will reportedly sign a one-year contract.

    In addition to the former Fluminense youth academy graduate, Lampard is also set to announce the signing of Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.

    Gareth Southgate’s first-choice left-back at the England national team should complete his long-awaited move to the capital after Chelsea struck an agreement with the Foxes.

    Although Leicester have long been holding out for a staggering £80million valuation, they’ve finally lowered their demands to £50million, allowing the 23-year-old to link up with Lampard’s crew.


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