Chelsea have continued their busy transfer window by confirming the signing of Thiago Silva on a one-year contract.
Silva captained PSG to the Champions League final last season, but the French side did not renew his contract. Hence, he was able to look for a new club as a free agent.
Chelsea have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market recently. They confirmed deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech before the window even opened.
They have since strengthened their defence with the additions of Ben Chilwell from Leicester and Malang Sarr, the latter also as a free agent. Sarr is likely to gain experience on loan, so Chelsea needed another defender for the here and now.
Now, they have made taken their backline to the next level by confirming a deal for Silva, who has won 28 honours in his career to date. The 35-year-old underwent a medical on Thursday, and has now put pen to paper on his contract.
Upon the announcement of his move to Stamford Bridge, Silva said: “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.”
The former AC Milan defender has signed an initial one-year contract with Chelsea. There is the option to extend the deal by a further year.
GRANOVSKAIA EXPLAINS SILVA ADDITION
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia explained the logic behind the club’s addition of the “world-class” defender.
She said: “We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.
“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.”
Silva won Ligue 1 seven times with PSG. Before that, he also won Serie A once with Milan. He has 89 caps for Brazil – showing the kind of leadership Frank Lampard has been yearning for.