Just hours after news of Kai Havertz’s transfer agreement with the club broke, Chelsea appear to have wrapped up the signing of another transfer target: Thiago Silva.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the PSG centre-back, who put in a commanding performance in yesterday’s Champions League Final, has agreed a two year deal with the club. It is as of yet unclear whether the second year is optional or guaranteed. He also reported in a reply to another tweet that Silva will earn 6 million euros a year, or roughly £100k a week, during his time at the club.
Frank Lampard has been looking for defensive reinforcements to shore-up Chelsea’s back-line for a while and the Brazillian national looks to be the perfect fit. Despite his age (he’s turning 36 in September), he remains a world-class centre-back as evidenced by his performances in the Champions League this month. Furthermore, the experience Silva brings to the defence and the dressing room will benefit the many young players surrounding him.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the move is that Silva is joining on a free transfer and on a much-reduced wage. This makes the transfer relatively low-risk and the perfect stop-gap until the club can sign a longer-term target, such as Declan Rice or Ben White.
As well as this exciting news, Fabrizio revealed that Chelsea are looking to loan out Fikayo Tomori and Bakayoko (to AC Milan) and sell Emerson Palmeri, before advancing their pursuit of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. He also reaffirmed his earlier news about Kai Havertz.
Thiago Silva’s looks likely to be announced as a Chelsea player in the next couple of days, perhaps alongside Kai Havertz and even Ben Chilwell.
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