Lampard lines up move for veteran Thiago to plug holes in leaking defence
Chelsea are considering Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva as a free transfer to bolster Frank Lampard’s defence for next season.
Thiago, 35, will play for Paris StGermain in the Champions League final on Sunday before leaving the French giants after eight years, with Stamford Bridge emerging as a possible destination.
AC Milan and Fiorentina have shown interest, but the veteran has made it clear he would take a huge drop in wages to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.
Chelsea have been offered Thiago and will hold talks over a twoyear deal. They are in the market for defenders after a season in which they conceded 54 goals in the Premier League, the worst record among the top 10 clubs.
Lampard has already bought Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, but will also look to strengthen his backline.
Thiago won seven Ligue 1 titles during his time with PSG and would add experience to Chelsea’s defence. Lampard used Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori last season, but bemoaned errors that led to them conceding so many goals.
Thiago’s wages of £1.3million a month would drop significantly, but his determination to play in England could be an important factor. “I have already said a lot of times before I wanted to, that I want to finish [my career] here in Europe,” he said this week. “A decision was taken, now things are calm in my head. It will be in another club, but my heart will stay here.”
He is looking for a two-year deal at this stage of his career, before then deciding on his next move. Everton were also in the market for a centre-back and it was Carlo Ancelotti who signed Thiago for PSG from AC Milan in 2012.
Kai Havertz is set to join Chelsea on a five-year deal if the club can iron out an £18 million gulf between their valuation of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder and Bayer Leverkusen’s.
Personal terms have been agreed, but Leverkusen envisage a fee in excess of €90million (£81million), with Chelsea tabling €70 million.
Grand finale: Thiago Silva is set to bid Paris St-Germain farewell after eight years following the Champions League final