Thiago Silva is set to play his last game of a glittering career with Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night – and Chelsea are ready to take advantage with the defender keen on the idea of playing in the Premier League.
The Stamford Bridge club are in talks with PSG skipper Silva, 35, whose contract runs out after the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
Silva has been offered a two-year deal by Serie A club Fiorentina, but Chelsea have now moved in for talks with the Brazilian with the player likely to make a decision on his future next week.
At the same time the Blues are also negotiating deals for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.
Silva has won 89 caps for Brazil and lifted eight league titles with PSG and AC Milan.
Chelsea have recently only offered one-year deals to players over 30, but they broke that policy last year when giving David Luiz a two-year extension, before he moved to Arsenal.
They also offered fellow Brazilian Willian a two-year deal this year, which he rejected to also join Arsenal, who offered a three-year agreement.
Silva wants to play in the Premier League, and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is looking for defensive reinforcements after his side conceded 54 goals in the league last year.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is Chelsea’s expensive first choice, but they had also looked at Brighton’s Lewis Dunk before the defender signed a new long-term deal with the Seagulls.
Silva though could be a good short-term option amid what is expected to be a heavy summer spend from Chelsea.
Around £80million has been spent to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner while another fee of the same amount could be paid out for Havertz.
A £50m deal for Leicester left-back Chilwell is also close, with agreements for both the England international and Havertz to take the Londoners’ overall expenditure to in excess of £200m.
Silva will meanwhile pick up a £900,000 bonus if he and his PSG team-mates win the Champions League for the first time – thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish superstar is not even at the French club any more – having moved on to Manchester United in 2016 and now closing in on a new deal with AC Milan at the age of 38 – but he negotiated the bonus for the whole squad in 2014.
PSG are appearing in their first ever Champions League final, having never been past the semi-finals before this season despite the millions spent on their team.
But in 2014 Zlatan negotiated a new contract for himself that year after talks with owner Nasser El Khelaifi,
And part of the deal was the one million euro bonus if the squad won the Champions League that season – and it applied to every player.
That season PSG lost in the quarter-finals to Chelsea – but this time around the French team are hoping to become only the second from their country to lift the trophy, after Marseille in 1993.
And thanks to their absent friend Zlatan, PSG’s stars will pick up a nice little bonus if they can overcome a rampant Bayern team.
Such a bonus will be welcome news to Chelsea, who will hope to tie Silva to as low a salary as possible in the English capital.
He is said to earn in excess of £300,000 a week currently with the Ligue 1 champions but Chelsea would surely be reluctant to match such wages for a player who is 36 next month.
Their highest-paid player is currently thought to be new boy Werner, who will reportedly earn around £270,000 a week at Stamford Bridge.
Fellow summer signing Ziyech is thought to be on closer to £100,000 a week.
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