Breaking: Thiago Silva joins Chelsea

Brazilian international Thiago Silva becomes Chelsea’s third signing in as many days after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain.

The 35-year-old World Cup defender joins Chelsea for the 2020/21 season, with an option for a one-year extension in his contract.

Silva played his final match for PSG in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich. From there, Silva went to Milan, where he underwent a medical before signing for Chelsea.

Thiago SILVA of PSG talks with fans during the Friendly match beetwin Paris Saint Germain and Celtic at Parc des Princes on July 21, 2020 in Paris, France. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY ANTHONY DIBON/ICON SPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Silva said on signing for Chelsea: “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.”

What Thiago Silva brings

Leadership, experience and defensive nous. Silva made over 200 appearances for PSG and 89 appearances for the Brazilian national team. He played in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups,  captaining the squad at their home tournament in 2014. He was absent for the famous 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.

Silva could be the catalyst for change at Chelsea insofar as their shaky defence is concerned. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MICHAEL REGAN/GETTY IMAGES.

Chelsea’s central defenders are relatively young. Antonio Rüdiger is 27 but Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Malang Sarr are all 25 or younger. What has been lacking at the back for Chelsea is a real firm hand, something Silva can offer.

At PSG, Silva formed a strong defensive partnership with former Chelsea man David Luiz. In recent seasons, he has been paired with a host of defenders with less experience.

Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Thilo Kehrer have all developed alongside him.

At 35, the short contract is to be expected. However, the option to add the extra season could prove a shrewd move. Even if he only stays for the one season, his pedigree suggests he will have an impact.

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