The Daily Mail have claimed that Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Thiago Silva, who is also rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar.
The Brazilian at 35 years of age is not the athlete that he once was but he has demonstrated during PSG’s impresssive Champions League run this season that he still has what it takes to perform at the top level.
It was previously reported that Jose Mourinho was keen on bringing the former AC Milan defender to North London (The Sun).
There were suggestions in the British press last week that Silva, whose contract with PSG is set to expire after the Champions League final this evening had been offered to Chelsea (Guardian).
The Mail now suggests that the Blues are closing in on the central defender’s signature after holding talks.
The report claims that Frank Lampard views Silva as the ideal cut-price solution to Chelsea’s defensive problems.
However, the PSG star is said to be demanding a two-contract, while Chelsea have a policy of offering annual extensions to players above 30 years of age.
It is suggested that that the length of the contract could be the biggest roadblock to Silva making the move to Stamford Bridge.
Spurs Web Opinion
Silva will be nothing more than a temporary stop-gap solution, whoever he signs for. However, given the shortage of money around this summer, I am sure the central defender is an option many teams would be considering.
I would personally prefer us to sign a younger, upcoming centre-back like Kim Min-Jae, Ben Godfrey or Robin Koch, who can learn from our senior defenders and be eased into the first-team over the next couple of years.
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