‘On their radar’: Chelsea looking at signing international captain to replace Thiago Silva – journalist

Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed on his Substack that Chelsea are considering signing Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar as a replacement for when Thiago Silva leaves.

While the veteran Brazilian is currently still defying the ageing process for both club and country, it is probably time to look for the experienced replacement for when he either leaves or his level drops below what is required.

The Blues were linked with a move for the 27-year-old over the summer, as they looked to sort out the defensive exodus that took place at Stamford Bridge.

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Instead, the club turned to Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella as reinforcements in the position.

Phillips has now claimed that in a quest for an experienced option at the back, the Blues may return for the Inter man in a future window.

Chelsea considering Skriniar to replace Silva

He said: “But Chelsea are also conscious about bringing in experienced players, especially at the back if we are looking to replace Silva soon. They want a good young team going forward, but there is also an eye on true leadership and experience.

“This is why the club are looking at Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and still have him on their radar. Two sources have once again told me this recently, that he has become an option once again.”

Being the captain of the Slovakian national team, Skriniar certainly holds the leadership qualities required to fill the void that will be left by a departing Silva.

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The Brazilian is currently showing his importance to World Cup favourites Brazil, putting in consecutive dominant performances at the back.

He has been a near ever present in the Inter side this season, racking up 21 appearances across Serie A and the Champions League already.

He will be a part of the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition too, after finishing above Barcelona in the ‘group of death.’

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released