Thiago Silva completes free transfer to Chelsea after leaving PSG

Chelsea’s summer spree continues as they wrap up Thiago Silva on a free transfer on a one-year deal after completing Malang Sarr move and signing Ben Chilwell for £50m

  • Chelsea have captured the free signing of Brazilian centre back Thiago Silva 
  • He signed a one-year deal, with the club having an option of a further 12 months 
  • Silva has now become Chelsea’s fifth arrival of the summer transfer window 
  • Frank Lampard has added some much-needed experience to his backline
  • German wonderkid Kai Havertz is expected to follow suit in a mega-money deal
  • Chelsea confirm free signing of Malang Sarr… but he’ll head straight out on loan

Chelsea have continued their ruthless streak in the summer window after completing a free transfer for Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva on a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old has joined up with Frank Lampard’s side, who have the option of extending the deal by a further 12 months, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain following their Champions League final heartbreak – becoming Chelsea’s fifth arrival of the summer.

After completing moves for Timo Werner (£53m), Hakim Ziyech (£38m), Ben Chilwell (£50m) and Malang Sarr (free), the Blues have decided to add a wealth of experience to their defensive ranks.

Chelsea have bolstered their defensive ranks by completing the free transfer of Thiago Silva

Silva has penned a one-year deal, with the club having an option of a further 12 months

Silva completed his medical on Thursday in Milan and is expected to slot straight into the heart of defence, which was a troublesome position for Lampard’s young side last campaign.

Following his arrival, Silva told the club’s official website: ‘I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. 

‘I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours. See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.’ 

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia then hailed: ‘We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.

Silva will bring a wealth of experience to Chelsea’s backline, a troublesome position last term 

‘Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.

‘Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours.’

After leaving PSG following a splendid eight years at the club, Silva paid an emotional tribute to the Ligue 1 giants ahead of his imminent Premier League move.

Silva wrote on social media: ‘”The value of things is not in the time they last, but in the intensity with which they occur. For this reason, there are unforgettable moments, inexplicable things and incomparable people”.’ (Fernando Pessoa) 

‘Today a cycle ends, after eight years in the @PSG team, I would like to thank my team-mates, all the technical team and the management, the fans, my family, God and my friends, for all these happy moments that we lived in the City of Light.

‘Here, with my wife @bellesilva, we have lived unforgettable moments, our children have grown up, we have become French citizens, and we will forever carry these years lived and France in our hearts. Thank you so much.’

Following Silva’s post on social media, Chelsea legend and former captain John Terry couldn’t hide his delight, posting the eye emoji followed by a blue love heart.

During his illustrious spell at the Parc des Princes, Silva featured 315 times for the club – winning a remarkable 23 trophies along the way.

The Brazilian has followed Ben Chilwell through the door at Chelsea after signing for £50m

Malang Sarr has also moved to Chelsea – but will spend the upcoming season away on loan

Lampard is reportedly willing to make Silva captain as he offers years of top level experience and a winning mentality.

German wonderkid Kai Havertz is the next star expected through the doors at Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen. 

Negotiations between Chelsea and Leverkusen have been ongoing for several weeks but took a significant step forward recently with officials verbally agreeing a £90m total fee.

Chelsea will pay a guaranteed £71.8m to Leverkusen, with the rest made up of performance-related bonuses.  

Frank Lampard and Chelsea have acted ruthlessly so far in the summer transfer window




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