Thiago Silva Joins Chelsea on 1-Year Deal After Paris Saint-Germain Exit

Adam Aladay
Thiago Silva has officially joined Chelsea
Thiago Silva has officially joined Chelsea / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Brazilian central defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer, following the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.

The 35-year-old had attracted interest from a number of clubs - including the likes of Arsenal - after it was revealed that he was to leave PSG this summer once his contract expired. Les Parisiens boss Thomas Tuchel attempted to convince the player to stay at the last second, but this proved unsuccessful.

Despite entering the race late on, Chelsea moved quickly to strike a deal with the experienced defender as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen in defence.

The Blues have now officially confirmed that Silva has made the switch to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer. Silva has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the option for a further 12 months.

Having signed on the dotted line, the veteran Brazilian 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."

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt Thiago's experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.

Thiago Silva in action against Chelsea
Thiago Silva in action against Chelsea / Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

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

The former PSG man follows in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell's footsteps in joining this summer, while Kai Havertz is also expected to make the move imminently.

The west London club conceded the most goals of any side in the top half of the Premier League table during the 2019/20 season. Lampard's men conceded a remarkable 54 goals in the league, 21 more than title winners Liverpool.

Lampard's men struggled defensively in 2019/20
Lampard's men struggled defensively in 2019/20 / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

As a result, Lampard will be keen to see Silva make an immediate impression, using his experience and leadership qualities to marshal and organise the backline. Despite being a new arrival, it is said that the defender has already been offered the captain's armband by Lampard - which is a major show of faith by the boss.

César Azpilicueta officially took over the captaincy following Gary Cahill's departure last summer, but Lampard is willing to make a controversial change. Silva isn't the long-term solution to Chelsea's defensive problems, but considering his vast experience and the fact he was available for free, he has been seen as the ideal stopgap to help solidify the backline in the short-term.