Chelsea is expected to open negotiations with Thiago Silva over a contract extension with the experienced defender reportedly ‘too pleased’ with chiefs since his arrival last summer.
After eight years in the French capital, Silva, 36, joined the Premier League side after having left the all-conquering Paris Saint-Germain, leading the side to seven league titles during his spell there.
Frank Lampard and the Blues took the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge in search of an accomplished chief to help direct the club’s emerging squad of young talent.
And even though Silva’s first few months at Chelsea didn’t go entirely according to plan, the club wants to tie the defender down to extended terms with Lampard sacked in January.
The Blues would like to keep Silva at the club next season, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, because they are so pleased with his contributions so far.
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who worked with him in Paris, is also said to be happy with the Brazilian and the contract will be on the same terms as his current deal.
The same journalist says Silva is now left to determine if he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, and his agents will have negotiations with the club about a new contract in the coming weeks.
The Telegraph, meanwhile, notes that the success of David Alaba’s pursuit of Chelsea depends on the ability of the defender to cut his £ 400,000-a-week wage demands.
With his deal with the European champions due to expire this summer, the Bayern Munich defender has drawn interest from several clubs around Europe, with Real Madrid heavily linked with the Austrian.
Next season, Chelsea would like to partner Silva with Alaba, but a move to west London would require the 28-year-old to reduce his eye-watering wage requirements.
The desired salary of Alaba would surpass the highest earner of the club, Ngolo Kante, by about £ 100,000-a-week. Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig, Niklas Sule of Bayern, and Atletico Madrid star Jose Giminez have also been tracked by Chelsea as alternatives.
Silva had a strong effect this season on Kurt Zouma’s results, with the Lampard pair’s favored defensive partnership before his sacking.
After picking up a suspected thigh injury in last week’s victory over Tottenham, the Brazilian is likely to be out for a few weeks.