Tuchel concedes Arsenal, Everton defensive target likely to leave PSG this summer

Sam Charlton
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Thomas Tuchel says Thiago Silva is likely to leave PSG in the upcoming transfer window, opening the door for a move to the Premier League.

Silva has spent the last eight years with the French outfit after moving from AC Milan.

Now 35-years-old, it was confirmed earlier this year that the Brazilian is set to depart the Parc des Princes with the club opting not to extend his contract.

However, Silva signed a short-term deal to ensure he could finish the Champions League campaign. Europe’s elite club competition will be played to completion in August.

And it has since been suggested that Silva could further extend his stay. Tuchel is open to keeping the experienced centre back for another season.

But that is looking unlikely after the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss confirmed he is expecting his captain to move on.

Following PSG’s friendly win over Celtic on Tuesday, Tuchel was asked about Silva’s future. And in a report on the Liverpool Echo, Tuchel is quoted as responding with: “He’s our player, he’s our captain, and we need to talk about this after the Champions League.

“Today is the time to be focused. It looks like he’s going to leave, but in football, you never know.”

Arsenal and Everton considering offers

The latest developments offer encouragement to Arsenal and Everton, who are interested in signing Silva on a free.

Mikel Arteta is reportedly hoping David Luiz can convince him to move to the Emirates. The Spaniard is looking to strengthen his defensive options ahead of next season after the Gunners’ struggles at the back this term.

Everton, meanwhile, are hoping that Silva’s relationship with ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti will be enough to lure him to Goodison.

It is understood both clubs would only table one-year offers, while the player’s wage demands could also prove problematic.