Chelsea have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva, who could be a great signing if it happens for both on and off the pitch.
The veteran 35-year-old is preparing for the weekend’s Champions League final of PSG against Bayern Munich, but after the fixture he will be departing the French giants and will be available as a free agent.
According to the Telegraph, Frank Lampard’s team are set to hold talks with the Brazilian centre-back about a possible two-year deal and he’s keen on experiencing Premier League football in the latter stages of his career.
Silva has been in the conversation for one of Europe’s most elite centre-backs during the past decade and his experience in the game is huge, earning 88 senior international caps for his country and winning seven Ligue 1 titles with PSG.
His defensive know-how has shown he can still cut it at the top level and it would be the dream scenario for him to leave PSG after a Champions League success on Sunday.
Silva the perfect mentor for Kurt Zouma
Silva arriving at Chelsea would certainly spice up the competition for the centre-back position, but it’s something that could be a blessing in disguise for Zouma.
Despite the fact manager Lampard alternated his centre-back partnerships throughout the 2019/20 season, Zouma was still a regular with 43 appearances across all competitions and he finished it as a mainstay in the XI.
The 25-year-old has all the attributes to be a top quality centre-back and has so much potential still to fulfil, as he’s a modern day player with great pace, strength and composure on the ball.
French-speaking leader Silva is exactly the type of figure that could be an ideal mentor for Zouma and perhaps be the one to help him take the next step in his career, as he can become a serious player if he cuts out small individual errors and becomes a bit more streetwise.