Chelsea continued an exciting transfer window on Friday by confirming the signature of Thiago Silva, who was a free agent this summer after leaving French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract.
The Blues confirmed on their official website that the 35-year-old defender has penned a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge, with the option of a further year on top of that.
Silva finished his eight-year spell at PSG with a defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final last weekend, but he’s been a serial winner throughout his career and captained them in a European final to finish.
The ball-playing centre-back has won silverware in France, Italy and Brazil at club level, as well as on the international stage too with his country Brazil.
He arrives at Stamford Bridge as a South American enforcer with so much experience at the elite level and someone that could read the game defensively so well, as well as inject some leadership to Frank Lampard’s squad.
One grey area regarding Silva’s signing is the fact that he turns 36 in September and many feel he won’t be able to adapt quickly enough in the Premier League.
Despite the fact Silva is clearly entering the twilight years of his career, he’s got the ambition to try out English football before he retires and people shouldn’t overlook his role in PSG’s run to the Champions League final last season.
He’s going to be a Blues hero if he joins the club to help them win silverware next season and Chelsea can look to recent history for encouragement.
Blues legend and ex-captain John Terry won five Premier League titles at the club as a player, with one of them real proof that experience can be vital.
The centre-back played every game of Chelsea’s 2014/15 title-winning season in the Premier League, turning 34 midway through the season as he started to lose his mobility.
But Terry was a colossus at the back as a leader next to Gary Cahill and that partnership in the heart of defence was massive in helping Jose Mourinho’s team win the title.
Chelsea now have Lampard as manager and he’s certainly being back in the window by bringing in a wave of talented young stars, but Silva stands out as someone that can massively help a vulnerable defence even if it’s for a year or two and he’ll raise the standards of the club’s other centre-backs.