Chelsea are feeling positive they have won the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain star defender, Thiago Silva on a free transfer after his contract expired.
The 35-year-old, who played his final game for the French side in Sunday’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, has been speaking to the Blues for a few days over a potential deal, but his desire to seal a two-year contract was expected to be a problem for Chelsea.
Recent reports reveals that Silva has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, who have moved to the front of the queue for his signature and are set to make him their third signing of the summer after Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Silva’s representatives have also fielded calls from Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, but the Blues have done enough to convince Silva to move to Stamford Bridge.
Thiago Silva is set to sign a one-year contract, rather than the two years he was initially searching for.
That appears to confirm previous reports that Chelsea see Silva as the ideal stopgap to temporarily help address their defensive woes while the Blues focus their spending on other areas of the squad this summer.
Silva managed 315 appearances for PSG in all competitions and was still a core part of the French side up until his final game, and Chelsea are understood to be enamoured by his wealth of experience at the highest level.
Silva may not be the only new face at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks, with deals for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell both moving in the right direction – the latter of whom is closest to a transfer.
Should the Blues manage to get all those deals over the line, that would leave only the goalkeeper position to address this summer.
The likes of Jan Oblak, André Onana and Nick Pope have all been linked, and the final decision could all come down to how much money Chelsea can raise from player sales this summer. Deals for Havertz and Chilwell would take Chelsea’s spending to close to the £200m mark, and that will need to be balanced out with some departures.