A potential next club for a Chelsea star has emerged after he received an approach for his services, a report has claimed.
At present there is significant contract discussions ongoing at Stamford Bridge. A number of their top players have deals expiring in the not too distant future. Antonio Rudiger is one of the priorities with his coming to an end in 2022.
Fellow defender Anders Christensen is in the same boat. The Danish international is said to be in a standoff with the club.
And Mason Mount is behind them in the list. Chelsea are set to offer him a bumper new deal which would see his wages double.
One man who will not be renewing his deal, however, is veteran centre-back Thiago Silva.
The Brazilian and the Blues activated the one-year extension option in the summer to keep him in London for his second season.
But the 37-year-old will be leaving come mid-2022 as he nears the end of his legendary career.
Despite his age, Silva has shown for the Blues that he is still a top quality defender. Thomas Tuchel has often relied on him to lead the backline.
Therefore, he will be a positive influence wherever he ends up. That’s something Fluminense from his home country recognise.
They therefore would like to bring him back to his origins and have made a first approach for him, as per TuttoMercartoWeb.
Silva started his career with the club. He made 80 appearances for them before leaving to join AC Milan for £9m in 2009.
The report states negotiations between the parties are in the initial stages. It offers no indication on Silva’s thoughts on the offer – but he has previously spoken on the matter.
Silva has mission in mind
An interview was released with Brazilian media back in January which revealed his desire to avenge the 2008 Copa Libertadores final defeat.
He said (via Sport Witness): “I do have this dream of returning to wearing the shirt of Fluminense, everyone knows my desire, it was expressed by Marcão [Fluminense’s manager] recently also in an interview.
“But it’s something I prefer to leave ahead to see how things are going to happen, right.
“It’s a difficult decision to be made. But I’m really thinking with great affection and suddenly have this Libertadores mission again.”