Silva, captain of Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, has an interest elsewhere. Fiorentina have offered him a two-year contract and a concern for Chelsea will be whether Silva, who turns 36 next month, would be able to handle the pace and intensity of the Premier League at his age.
Still, the proposal is of interest to Chelsea, who conceded 54 league goals after finishing fourth last season. Silva, who joined PSG from Milan in 2012, is one of the best center-backs of his generation and has played a key role in helping the French club reach their first-ever Champions League final.Although he lacks pace, signing him for a free transfer could prove to be a smart move. Chelsea have other targets at center-back including Jose Gimenez of Atlético Madrid, Ben White of Brighton and Declan Rice of West Ham, but could struggle to land them this summer.
Lampard has learned he needs to fundraise by moving one of his four center-backs. Fikayo Tomori has been targeted by Rennes on loan and Kurt Zouma has been linked with PSG, while Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen have less than two years on their contracts.
Chelsea, who are set to step up their attack by signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, are also looking for a new left-back and are increasingly confident that they will succeed in chasing Ben Chilwell. While Leicester will demand a hefty price tag for Chilwell, sources believe the England international will secure a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.