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Brazilian defender Thiago Silva set to join Frank Lampard’s Chelsea

Chelsea are set to sign defender Thiago Silva for a one-year contract.

The Brazilian center-back, 35, has become a free agent after PSG’s Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Silva, who spent eight years at PSG after joining AC Milan in 2012, will become Frank Lampard’s third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

With Chelsea keen to strengthen having been banned from signing players last summer, the London club could also strike deals with Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen striker Kai Havertz ahead of the start of the new season.

SIlva won seven Ligue 1 titles during his stay in France, but leaves the club having failed to achieve the most desired European success in Paris.

Despite a fourth place finish and qualification for the Champions League next season, Chelsea have struggled defensively throughout Lampard’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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Thiago Silva made his last appearance for PSG in the loss to Bayern Munich

Thiago Silva made his last appearance for PSG in the loss to Bayern Munich

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Having conceded 54 Premier League goals last season, the top half’s worst record and 21 more than champions Liverpool, it was clear Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was not going to end to his transfer company with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Boosting his defensive options was always on the agenda and Silva has shown that it always helps to bring the 35-year-old to Stamford Bridge with a confident performance in the Champions League final, despite the lack of his team.

Chelsea may need to offload one of their four senior center-halfs to raise funds: Fikayo Tomori has been linked with a loan transfer to Rennes, there has been talk of Kurt Zouma heading in the opposite direction while Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are entering the last two years of their current agreements.

But for those who stay next season, Silva will offer a wealth of experience and help develop the much-loved 18-year-old defender Xavier Mbuyamba – the Dutchman signed after canceling his Barcelona contract and dubbed the ‘next Virgil. van Dijk ”.

Silva clears the ball in the Champions League final on Sunday night

Silva clears the ball in the Champions League final on Sunday night

Lisbon did not provide the perfect send for the club captain of PSG in his 315th and final game, but the center-back impressed European top scorer Robert Lewandowski and superbly rounded up all four for an hour before the breakthrough .

His important block to deny Kinglsey Coman a second with Bavarian chains kept his side in the game.

In his eight years in Paris, Thiago won seven Ligue 1 titles, and he again showed his leadership as a defensive backbone on Sunday – completing more passes (38) and having more touches (57) than anything else. another teammate, while his six clearances were also a top notch contribution.

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