Arsenal are among five Premier League clubs casting a keen eye towards Thiago Silva, who will leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Brazilian will end an incredibly successful eight-year stint at the Parc des Princes when his contract expires, though he will first sign a short-term extension to see out the remainder of the season with PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals even though the French league has been abandoned with PSG declared champions.
Silva leaves having won seven Ligue 1 titles as well as winning the Coupe de France four times and both the Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions five times.
Although Silva turns 36 in September, he has still managed 30 appearances this season, including six in the Champions League and 21 in the league.
Only injuries have stopped him being a never ever-present for PSG, for whom he remains the captain.
Silva’s immense experience extends to international level and has seen him rack up 89 caps for Brazil, playing at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups as well as winning the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2019 Copa America.
He also has bronze (2008) and silver (2012) Olympics medals and has not once missed out on the UNFP – the French player union, the equivalent of England’s PFA – Team of the Year, with this season’s yet to be selected.
And after being told he will not be being handed an extension on his £12million-a-year contract, Silva could be headed to the Premier League.
That’s because 90min say Arsenal – as well as Everton, Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham – are considering making a contract offer to the 35-year-old.
The Gunners’ interest, despite Silva’s enormous wages in excess of £300,000 a week, is said to stem from David Luiz’s uncertain future.
Luiz, a long-time Brazil team-mate of Silva’s, sees his own contract expire this summer unless the Gunners activate a one-year option to keep him.
Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen to tie the former Chelsea centre-half, 33, down for another 12 months but he has publicly flirted with a return to Benfica.
Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian has insisted that Luiz is “very happy” at the north London club and has “an extremely good relationship” with Arteta and also technical director Edu.
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He further explained: “Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic.
“We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this ‘new normal’.
“These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new normal’.
“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not.
“That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave.”
But in the event that Luiz does move on, Silva could be brought in as a replacement – even despite being in the twilight years of his career.
Silva is yet to make a decision on his future although a switch to Everton would offer up a reunion with ex-PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The PSG skipper also has a number of alternative potential destinations including Brazil, the United States, Japan, China and Qatar.
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