Brazil Centre Back Thiago Silva has officially joined Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on a one-year deal with a further option of 12 months.
The 35-year old follows the likes of Timo Werner, Hakin Zieych and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell to Stanford Bridge in what is proving to be a hugely successful transfer window for the Blues.
Following Champions League final disappointment for the Ligue 1 Champions, Paris Saint Germain, club captain Thiago Silva looks to have played his last game for the French side after his contract has expired and the Brazilian international is subsequently available on a free transfer.
Speaking following PSG’s 1-0 defeat to the German Champions Bayern Munich Silva said:
“It was my last game in Paris. I thank all for the fans for their love. I will return to Paris and this club that I love in another role.”
Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is believed to be a keen admirer of the centre back He has also spoken of the need to add someone who is more vocal at the back and Silva would certainly fit the criteria.
It is clear now that Lampard wants to add to his back line that shipped 79 goals across all competitions last season. The West London side also conceded 54 league goals, which was more than any other top half side.
This is a record that will need to be improved upon if the Blues have designs on challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League crown.
Despite Silva’s advancing age of 35, he will still add some much needed experience and leadership to Lampard’s defence.
Indeed, more experienced players such as German international Antonio Rudiger, who has struggled for both form and fitness during the last campaign.
Silva began his career in Brazil before spending a bit of time with the Porto B side for a year, from 2004-2005. From their he moved to Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2005-06 season before spending a further three years back in Brazil with Fluminense (2006-09).
It was 2009 where Silva secured his big move to Italian giants, AC Milan where he spent three years at the Milan based club. In that time he managed to win the Serie A title in 2011 with the likes of Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the side.
From there, the Brazilian international moved to Paris in 2012, where he has gone on to win a further seven league titles, five French Cups and six French League Cups.
Silva has also earned 89 caps for Brazil, making his debut in 2008 and has recently won the 2019 Copa America.
This clearly demonstrates that Silva has that winning mentally and he certainly could provide Lampard’s side with the organisational skills that could help the Blues achieve further success.
Silva’s main strength is his passing accuracy, which was a staggering 95.45%, the highest in the Ligue 1 2019/20 season.
In the Champions League final, meanwhile, despite being on the losing side this was also clearly demonstrated having completed more passes (38) and having more touches (57) than any other teammate. He was also successful at keeping one of Europe’s form strikers, Robert Lewandowski, quiet.
The big draw back with this signing, however, will clearly be Silva’s age and whether he has the ability to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League week in and week out.
Overall, however, this potential signing for Chelsea has a relatively low element of risk due to it being a free transfer and it only being a one-year deal, if nothing else he could help aid the development of the Blue’s youngsters.