Thiago Silva will sign a two-year contract for Chelsea this week after leaving Paris Saint-Germain for free, sources told ESPN.
The PSG captain’s contract with the French club expired at the end of the previous campaign, but he played all knockout matches of the Champions League – including in the 1-0 final defeat to Bayern Munich – but after eight no new offer was offered years at the Parc des Princes.
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The Brazil center-back has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, although small details still remain to be sorted out. He will speak to manager Frank Lampard on Monday once he returns to Paris from Lisbon.
The big attraction for Chelsea, who are also expected to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester for a fee of around £ 50 million and close with the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen on top of the deals already made for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, is that she does not have to pay a transfer fee for the former AC Milan defender.
Silva, 35, feels he can play at the top European level for another three or four years. He wanted a two-year deal and Chelsea were happy to offer it to him.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wanted to keep him in Paris, but sporting director Leonardo was against it.
Silva had also been offered a two-year deal by Fiorentina, but opted to join Chelsea instead of returning to Serie A.