Vet­eran Silva to join Chelsea on a free trans­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ja­son Burt

Thi­ago Silva is ex­pected to com­plete a move to Chelsea af­ter play­ing his fi­nal game for Paris St-Ger­main.

De­feat in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal to Bayern Mu­nich last night is due to be fol­lowed by the 35-yearold fi­nal­is­ing his free trans­fer to Stam­ford Bridge, af­ter his con­tract with PSG ran out and no new deal was of­fered.

The Daily Tele­graph re­vealed last week that Chelsea were in­ter­ested in sign­ing the Brazil in­ter­na­tional and that talks had taken place. Silva is likely to agree a two-year deal with Frank Lam­pard keen to add his ex­pe­ri­ence to a Chelsea de­fence he is over­haul­ing dur­ing this trans­fer win­dow. Left-back Ben Chilwell is ex­pected to fol­low in a £50mil­lion move from Le­ices­ter City.

Silva, who has been at PSG for eight years af­ter join­ing from AC Mi­lan, is now a free agent and while he turns 36 next month, he has at­tracted in­ter­est from a num­ber of big clubs in Eng­land and Italy.

He has been re­garded as one of the world’s best cen­tre-halves for many years and, al­though he is older, he will bring pres­ence and lead­er­ship to a Chelsea de­fence that con­ceded 54 goals in the Premier League last sea­son.

Silva is ex­pected to agree to a sig­nif­i­cant cut in his wages – he has been earn­ing £1.3mil­lion a month as PSG cap­tain – but is de­ter­mined to play in the Premier League be­fore the end of his ca­reer.

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