Lam­pard lines up move for vet­eran Thi­ago to plug holes in leak­ing de­fence

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Mike McGrath and Tom Mor­gan

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

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