Thiago Silva is expected to complete a move to Chelsea after playing his final game for Paris Saint-Germain.
Defeat in the Champions League final to Bayern Munich on Sunday evening is due to be followed by the 35 year-old finalising his free transfer to Stamford Bridge, after his contract with PSG ran out and he was not offered a new deal.
The Daily Telegraph revealed last week that Chelsea were interested in signing the Brazilian international and that positive talks had taken place. Silva is likely to agree a two-year deal, with Frank Lampard keen to add his vast experience to a Chelsea defence he is overhauling during this transfer window. Left-back Ben Chilwell is expected to follow in a £50 million move from Leicester City.
Silva, who has been at PSG for eight years after being signed from AC Milan, is now a free agent and, while he turns 36 next month, he has attracted interest from a number of leading clubs in the Premier League and Serie A and has continued to perform impressively, not least in the French club’s run to their first ever Champions League final.
Silva 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. Lampard used Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori last term but he bemoaned the errors that led to his team conceding too many goals.
Silva is expected to agree to a significant cut in his wages – he has been earning £1.3m a month as PSG captain – but is determined to play in the Premier League before the end of his career.
Everton, whose manager Carlo Ancelotti signed Silva while he was at PSG, were the first English club to show interest in the player this summer but it appears that Chelsea will sign him because they can offer continued involvement in the Champions League.
Chelsea normally only offer one-year deals to players over the age of 30 but may regard the signing of Silva, given its circumstances, as a special case. They did move away from this policy when David Luiz signed for two years before his move to Arsenal and also offered that length of contract to Willian before he left, also moving to the Emirates.