Thiago Silva will sign a two-year deal for Chelsea this week after leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The PSG captain’s contract at the French club ran out at the end of the previous campaign but he played all the Champions League knockout matches — including in the 1-0 final defeat to Bayern Munich — but was not offered a new deal after eight years at the Parc des Princes.
Thiago Silva to Chelsea, here we go! The Brazilian CB today has accepted Chelsea bid until June 2022. He’s gonna leave PSG and sign for next two years. No chances for Fiorentina. Deal to be completed on next days. 🔵🇧🇷 #CFC #Chelsea #Thiago— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2020
The Brazil centre-back has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, although minor details are still left to sort out. He will speak to manager Frank Lampard on Monday once he is back in Paris from Lisbon.
Silva, 35, feels he can still play at the top European level for three or four years. He wanted a two-year deal and Chelsea were happy to offer it him.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wanted to keep him in Paris but sporting director Leonardo was against it.
Thiago Silva says goodbye to PSG after 8️⃣ years and 2️⃣3️⃣ trophies.— 433 (@433) August 23, 2020
His move to @ChelseaFC is almost done, per @David_Ornstein 🔵 pic.twitter.com/9LLrVsc3D5
Silva had also been offered a two-year deal by Fiorentina, but has opted to join Chelsea rather than return to Serie A.
The big attraction for Chelsea, who are also expected to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester for a fee around £50 million and are closing in on the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen on top of the deals already done for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, is they won’t have to pay a transfer fee for the former AC Milan defender.
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