Chelsea ‘offered Thiago Silva’ as Brazil centre-back ‘prepares to take huge pay cut’ when he leaves French champions PSG after the Champions League final
- Thiago Silva is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain after the Champions League final
- The veteran Brazil centre-back could switch to the Premier League with Chelsea
- Frank Lampard is targeting defensive reinforcements to bolster a leaky backline
- AC Milan and Fiorentina are also said to be chasing Silva after eight years at PSG
Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva could join Chelsea next season after being offered to boss Frank Lampard after Sunday’s Champions League final, according to reports.
The 35-year-old will leave Paris Saint-Germain after the showpiece in Lisbon and is said to be ready to take a huge pay cut after eight years with the Lique 1 champions.
Copa America champion Thiago could help Lampard solve the defensive weaknesses that saw his side ship 54 goals in the Premier League last season and lose 7-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Veteran Brazil star Thiago Silva wants to stay in Europe when he leaves PSG after eight years
The defender (right) knows his future is up in the air but could take a wage drop at his next club
AC Milan and Fiorentina are also keen to make Thiago a Serie A star but the veteran has a dream of playing in England, the Telegraph has said.
Thiago is believed to be earning a hefty £1.3million a month with the French giants and is thought to be targeting a two-year contract at his next club.
Lampard has added the likes of Germany striker Timo Werner and former Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech to his attacking options but knows he needs to shore up his backline as he targets a tilt at a title challenge.
Silva is seeking a successful swansong to his spell in Paris by winning the Champions League
Speaking this week, Thiago declared: ‘I have already said a lot of times before I wanted to, that I want to finish [my career] here in Europe.
‘A decision was taken, now things are calm in my head. It will be…another club, but my heart will stay here.’
Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti could also move for the 89-cap international, having signed him when he was Milan manager in 2012.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has ambitions to make a proper fist of a title charge next season
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