Chelsea should not sign PSG captain Thiago Silva this summer because he is past his best, according to former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson. Silva, 35, is set to leave PSG after eight years at the club following Sunday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The Brazil international’s contract expires after the match and has been linked with a host of European clubs.
Express Sport understands talks regarding a move to Chelsea for the defender are at an advanced stage.
But Robson does not think, at his age, Silva is the right addition for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
“I wouldn’t push that hard,” Robson told ESPN FC.
“Yeah he’s an excellent player, of course he’s been brilliant at times over the course of his career, but he’s now getting on and I’m not sure that Chelsea need a centre-back who they might have to protect at times.
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“He’s still an excellent player, next season and the season after, he might be going down the hill slightly.
“So I wouldn’t be too keen if I was a Chelsea supporter if they were trying to sign him or he was going to be one of the centre-halves they were signing.”
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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and also want to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
European football expert Julien Laurens believes deals for Chilwell and Havertz are more likely and that there is a chance PSG could hand a new contract to Silva.
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“Thiago Silva is an interesting one,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“I think there’s other clubs, plenty of clubs, who have made offers for him.
“Fiorentina being another one, clubs in Brazil, I think even PSG are still thinking about maybe offering him another year or a one-plus-one sort of contract, especially if he wins the Champions League on Sunday night.
“So I think this one would be quite challenging for Chelsea, far more than Havertz and Chilwell because Chelsea are the only club right now in for Chilwell and Havertz and ready to pay that kind of money for those kinds of transfers.
“So I would say Chilwell for sure, Havertz probably, Silva still in the balance.”
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