Paris Saint-Germain could hand a new contract to Chelsea transfer target Thiago Silva if they beat Bayern Munich in Sunday’s Champions League final, according to French football expert Julien Laurens. Experienced PSG captain Silva is set to leave Parc des Princes when his contract expires after the match in Lisbon. Everton were linked with the 35-year-old but Express Sport understands Chelsea have held advanced talks over a free transfer.
Silva has spent the last eight years at PSG, making over 300 appearances and winning 18 major honours.
But Laurens thinks there is a chance the match with Bayern will not be his final game for the club.
Laurens says Chelsea are much more likely to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz than Silva.
“Thiago Silva is an interesting one,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
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“I think there’s other clubs, plenty of clubs, who have made offers for him.
“Fiorentina being another one, clubs in Brazil, I think even PSG are still thinking about maybe offering him another year or a one-plus-one sort of contract, especially if he wins the Champions League on Sunday night.
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“So I think this one would be quite challenging for Chelsea, far more than Havertz and Chilwell because Chelsea are the only club right now in for Chilwell and Havertz and ready to pay that kind of money for those kinds of transfers.
“So I would say Chilwell for sure, Havertz probably, Silva still in the balance.”
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Meanwhile, former Arsenal star and Chelsea fan Paul Merson believes Frank Lampard should sign Manchester City’s out-of-favour defender John Stones.
“Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
“When you hear they have put defenders like Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen up for sale, you can see they need a centre back.
“I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City.
“Pep Guardiola was playing a midfielder, Fernandinho, ahead of him last season, and a defender in Eric Garcia who wants to leave the club!
“I’d be amazed if he was still there by the end of this window. But lots of clubs should be looking at him.”
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