Thiago Silva is set to take part in his final game for PSG tonight, as the veteran defender looks to secure the first Champions League title of his illustrious career. With Chelsea reportedly close to securing Silva’s signature, victory against Bayern Munich would represent the perfect send-off for the Brazilian.
After joining PSG in 2012, Silva has gone on to achieve domestic dominance whilst cementing his place as one of Europe’s finest defenders. European glory, however, has somehow always escaped the star-studded Parisians. With many questioning the mentality of PSG as a sports washing brand rather than a football club. Silva though has maintained his consistency and it is testament to his leadership and experience that despite his age he has remained a permanent fixture in PSG’s side for nearly a decade.
With the former AC Milan stalwart now confirming his departure from the club, as per reports by The Athletic, Chelsea can turn their attentions to ironing out the final details of Silva’s lucrative contract.
Silva, who turns 36 next month, is keen to play in the Premier League but with Chelsea often reluctant to offer more than one-year deals to players over the age of 30 the issue of contract length is the main sticking point for both parties. In recent years though Chelsea have made exceptions for both David Luiz and Willian, offering the pair two-year deals. Silva represents a potentially rewarding short term option and with a lack of viable defensive targets this summer The Blues look likely to take up the offer of bringing him to the club.
Silva has made 650 career appearances to date, whilst winning 89 international caps and leading his country to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. Strong in the air and an excellent reader of the game, Silva was also part of the AC Milan team who won the Serie A title in 2010-11 – the last team aside from Juventus to lift the trophy.
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