After eight seasons in the French capital, Thiago Silva is set to leave PSG after yesterday’s UEFA Champions League Final which signified the end of his contract. However, the Brazilian is not thinking of retiring yet and still wants to play at the top level. To that effect, a move to Chelsea looks imminent for the veteran defender.
Thiago Silva is also wanted by Fiorentina but he claims he has not reached an agreement with the Italian side. Speaking after the defeat in Lisbon, Silva said: “I’ve not accepted any bid. Reports of the agreement reached with Fiorentina are not true. My agent is talking with Fiorentina as with other clubs. I’ll decide on next days with my family.”
Frank Lampard is keen on shoring up a defence that conceded 54 Premier League goals last season so it’s no surprise to see his team linked with a host of names. Declan Rice and Lewis Dunk are possible options although a deal for the latter looks unlikely now that he has signed a new deal that will further keep him at the Amex stadium.
How would Thiago Silva fit in at Chelsea?
Most of Chelsea’s defensive problems last season emanated from a lack of leadership and coordination at the back. Signing Thiago Silva would solve this issue as the ex-Milan man has marshalled defences for both club and country in recent years. A major feature of any solid defence is usually the presence of a leader as seen with Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool and John Terry during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Silva is also an excellent passer of the ball as his 68 accurate passes at 95% accuracy in the Ligue 1 suggests. Lampard clearly likes his teams to play out from the back and Silva would help tremendously in that department. On the rare occasions that he has to go the long route, he is also very efficient completing 3.2 long balls per game with an accuracy of 76%.
For a man who turns 36 next month, he definitely won’t be a long-term fix to the Blues’ defensive deficiencies but he will serve as an astute temporary fix.