Thiago Silva's agent says Paris Saint-Germain made a late offer to try and keep their captain, who had already decided to sign for Chelsea.

Brazil centre-back Silva joined the Premier League club on a free transfer on Friday after his PSG contract expired.

The 35-year-old, who joined PSG from Milan in 2012, confirmed he had played his last game for Thomas Tuchel's side after their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich last Sunday.

Paulo Tonietto, Silva's representative, revealed the Ligue 1 champions' sporting director Leonardo presented the veteran with a last-ditch proposal to stay in the French capital.

Tonietto said it would have been "humiliating" for Silva to remain with PSG after Leonardo had informed him he was surplus to requirements two months ago.

He told L'Equipe: "He [Silva] had given up hope [of signing a new deal] because Leonardo told him two months ago that he did not want to extend it. But last Tuesday, Leonardo called Thiago and raised the possibility that he would stay another year.

"Thiago had already reached an agreement with Chelsea, there was no turning back. When you make such a proposal, you have to be convinced.

"An athletic director who tells a player he doesn't want him anymore, and two months later wants to extend it, how do you take that?

"In a club, the athletic director and the coach have to walk together. This was not the case. Tuchel always wanted to keep Thiago. The one who didn't want to is Leonardo, and he's the one with the power.

"That's why, even if he hadn't signed with Chelsea, Thiago couldn't see how he could have accepted Leonardo's proposal given what he had told him two months earlier. It would have been humiliating.

"We never talked about money or the length of the contract. Never. Leonardo just said he wasn't counting on him anymore. Nothing more."

Silva joined Chelsea on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months at Stamford Bridge.

A Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi reunion in Manchester?

Barcelona captain Messi has handed in a transfer request and he wants to team up with former boss Guardiola at Manchester City.

But can City and Barca reach a deal?

 

TOP STORY – BARCA WANT MESSI COMPROMISE

Barcelona believe Lionel Messi is set to join Manchester City but the embattled LaLiga giants are eyeing a £250million (€280m) compromise, according to the Mirror.

Messi wants to leave Barca and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has been linked to the likes of City, Inter, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, City feel they are on the brink of luring Messi to Manchester and Barca are desperately trying to recoup a fee, with the Argentina superstar hoping to leave on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, widespread reports claim Messi has told Barca he will not be attending pre-season testing on Sunday.

 

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- ESPN claims Manchester United are favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek. The Dutch star has been linked to Barca and Real Madrid but United are in pole position to land the 23-year-old.

- Thiago Alcantara remains interested in moving to the Premier League but Liverpool are yet to make a bid for the Bayern Munich star, claims Fabrizio Romano.

- Goal says Chelsea have made a €20m (£18m) bid for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy amid doubts over Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Everton are targeting United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, reports the Mirror. The Argentina international – backup to David de Gea – has also been linked to newly promoted Leeds United. It comes as Sky Sport reports Everton have reached a deal to sign Allan from Napoli.

- According to Tuttosport, Barca forward Luis Suarez is pushing for a move to Serie A champions Juve. The Uruguayan has been told he can leave the Spanish club.

- Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali has said yes to a move to Milan, reports La Gazzetta Sportiva. Inter had been favourites to sign Tonali but city rivals Milan appear poised to land the Italy international.

Chelsea have completed the signing of defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.

The 35-year-old Brazil centre-back has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months in what will be his first experience of playing in the Premier League.

Silva is Frank Lampard's fifth signing ahead of the 2020-21 season following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr.

He said: "I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard's exciting squad for next season and I'm here to challenge for honours.

"See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon."

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva's proven world-class credentials to our squad.

"Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.

"Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours."

Having emerged as one of the world's finest centre-backs at Milan, Silva joined PSG in 2012 for a reported €42million and went on to enjoy great success in France.

He was appointed club captain soon after arriving and went on to win seven Ligue 1 titles, five Coupe de France crowns and the Coupe de la Ligue on six occasions.

Most recently he helped PSG to a domestic treble in 2019-20, while they also reached their first Champions League final, but a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last Sunday prolonged their wait for a maiden triumph in Europe's elite competition.

That loss was Silva's final game for the club, as PSG sporting director Leonardo had confirmed in June that the defender was not being offered a new contract.

Silva announced after the defeat to Bayern that his agent had been in talks with Serie A side Fiorentina, though by that point media reports were already suggesting a Chelsea move was all but secured.

The signing of Silva is the latest signal of intent from Chelsea as they look to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Germany international Kai Havertz has also been strongly linked with a big-money switch to the London club.

Manchester City appear favourites to sign Lionel Messi, should he leave Barcelona.

Messi has sensationally handed in a transfer request at Camp Nou.

City are reportedly stepping up their chase as Pep Guardiola looks to reunite with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

 

TOP STORY – CITY PREPARE MEGA OFFER FOR MESSI

Manchester City are ready to offer £89million (€100m) plus Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to Sport.

Messi wants to end his association with embattled LaLiga giants Barca amid links to City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter.

The Guardian also claims City are convinced they have a chance of signing the superstar captain.

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- Goal says Barca forward Luis Suarez has been offered to Juventus as the Serie A champions consider a move. Suarez has reportedly been told he is not part of Ronald Koeman's plans.

Barca offered Antoine Griezmann to former club Atletico Madrid in exchange for Joao Felix, reports Marca.

- Gianluca Di Marzio says Milan have made a new bid to sign Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali. The Italy midfielder has been linked to Inter, though the Nerazzurri are yet to reach any agreement with Brescia as they eye Barca's Arturo Vidal.

Inter, meanwhile, have opened talks with Roma to sign veteran full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, according to Fabrizio Romano. Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri has also been targeted but Inter are refusing to meet their demands.

- The Mirror claims Tottenham are weighing up a move for Atletico striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho worked with Costa during the pair's time together at Chelsea. Sky Sport Italia also reports Spurs have had a request for Nicolo Zaniolo rejected by Roma.

City remain in talks to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, says Romano. Negotiations are taking place indirectly following the fallout from Jorginho's switch to Chelsea in 2018, having been set for City.

- Bayern Munich veteran Javi Martinez has turned down a move to Fiorentina as he is close to joining David Silva at Real Sociedad, says La Razon.

- Liverpool star Sadio Mane has been offered to Barca amid uncertainty over Messi's future, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Paris Saint-Germain thanked "one of the greatest players" in their history following the departure of Thiago Silva – though the defender is not expected to be without a club for too long. 

The Brazil international moved to the French capital – along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – from Serie A giants Milan in 2012. 

Silva went on to make over 300 appearances and helped PSG win seven Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France five times and the Coupe de la Ligue on six occasions. 

The 35-year-old's contract expired following PSG's 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday and the club have now officially confirmed his exit.

The centre-back seems set for the Premier League as Chelsea are expected to sign the free agent in the coming days, according to reports.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi paid tribute to Silva, who he declared will go down as a legend.

"Thiago, thank you for these eight memorable years, full of lasting memories and for your involvement, your devotion and your aura," PSG's official Twitter account posted on Thursday.

"You will forever be one of the greatest players in history, and your legendary status here at PSG will last forever.

"I wish you and your family the best for your future challenges, you will always be part of the family and the history of the club, a big thank you, captain!"

Silva had also been linked with a move to Fiorentina but appears on course to be the latest signing in a busy transfer window for Chelsea.

Chelsea have completed the signing of French youngster Malang Sarr on a free transfer after the defender left Ligue 1 club Nice.

Sarr, a 21-year-old capable of playing in the centre of defence or at left-back, chose to move on from Nice at the end of the 2019-20 season following the expiration of his contract.

He has now joined Frank Lampard's side on a five-year deal, though he will spend the 2020-21 season out on loan.

"The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told the club's official website.

"He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea. We are very happy to welcome him to the club today."

Sarr, who has represented France at every level from under-16 through to under-21, featured 119 times for Nice across all competitions, scoring three goals.

The defender becomes Chelsea's fourth signing of the current transfer window, following on from Ben Chilwell – who arrived from Leicester City on Wednesday – Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Brazil stalwart Thiago Silva is expected to complete his move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days, while the Blues are also reportedly close to signing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

Lionel Messi looks set to leave Barcelona and a select few clubs are preparing to make a move.

Manchester City? Paris Saint-Germain? Inter?

Keep an eye on this saga…

 

TOP STORY – PSG TALKING TO MESSI

Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with wantaway Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to Ole.

Messi has handed in a transfer request at Barca, and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has already been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter, Juventus and PSG.

The frontpage of Thursday's Mundo Deportivo claims City are circling to bring Messi to the Premier League with the 33-year-old believed to be keen on reuniting with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola. Meanwhile, Marca claims City have offered a three-year deal.

However, Ligue 1 champions PSG are also eyeing Messi as they look to add him to a squad that already boasts former team-mate Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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- Fabrizio Romano reports Inter have re-opened talks with Barca for midfielder Arturo Vidal. Antonio Conte, who will remain Inter head coach in 2020-21, wants to bring the Chilean to San Siro.

- It comes as Gazzetta dello Sport reports Inter have struck a deal to sign Brescia star Sandro Tonali. Milan have also been eyeing the Italy midfielder.

- Serie A champions Juventus are set to sign Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie, says Sky Sport Italia. The United States international is poised to arrive on loan with the option to buy. Juve have also been linked with Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli.

Manchester United are still chasing Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, according to the Daily Mail. Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has been United's top priority, though the Red Devils remain in contact with Villa over a potential transfer.

- Sport Bild says Liverpool will make an approach for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara in the coming days.

Milan are poised to sign Real Madrid's Brahim Diaz on loan, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. Brahim has struggled for game time since arriving from City in 2019.

- Signing Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a priority for PSG, claims Le10 Sport. The Serbia international has previously been linked with Madrid, United, Juve, Inter and Chelsea.

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of left-back Ben Chilwell from Premier League rivals Leicester City. 

The England international moves to Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal and, while the fee has not been disclosed, reports have suggested the price to be around £50million. 

Chilwell is the latest arrival at big-spending Chelsea, who have also added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 season under Frank Lampard.

Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are also said to be close to joining the Blues.

Chilwell said: "I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.

"I can't wait to get started and hopefully it won't be long before we're playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge."

Chelsea secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League in Lampard's debut campaign in charge, guaranteeing Champions League football again.

Leicester had for a long time appeared set to qualify for Europe's leading club competition, only for a late dip in form to cost them.

Brendan Rodgers' squad won just twice following the restart in June to end up in fifth spot, meaning they will instead be competing in the Europa League.

Chilwell, who came through Leicester's academy system, missed the final five games through injury.

He made 27 league appearances in 2019-20 and scored three goals, including finding the net against his new employers in a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium in February.

The 23-year-old has made 11 appearances for England, starting five times in a successful Euro 2020 qualifying phase under Gareth Southgate.

Chelsea start the new Premier League season with a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on September 14.

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of left-back Ben Chilwell from Premier League rivals Leicester City. 

The England international moves to Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal and, while the fee has not been disclosed, reports have suggested the price to be around £50million. 

Chilwell is the latest arrival at big-spending Chelsea, who have also added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 season under Frank Lampard.

Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are also said to be close to joining the Blues.

Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona, but where will he go?

Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus are possible destinations.

But, both Manchester clubs are believed to be targeting the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED EYE MESSI, BUT LIONEL WANTS CITY

Manchester United are in position to sign wantaway Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, according to Deportes Cuatro.

Messi wants to sensationally leave embattled LaLiga giants Barca and United are reportedly one of the clubs capable of signing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

However, The Athletic claims neighbours Manchester City and Messi have held talks, with the superstar open to playing for Pep Guardiola again.

Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus have also been linked.

 

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- The Telegraph reports Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is close to joining Everton. James has previously worked under Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich and Madrid.

Chelsea will complete the signing of Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell, says Fabrizio Romano. The transfer will be announced soon as Chelsea also look to bring in Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and PSG captain Thiago Silva.

- Calciomercato claims Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to signing a new deal with Milan. The 38-year-old is out of contract after returning to Milan for a second spell in January.

Barca want City's Gabriel Jesus to replace veteran forward Luis Suarez, according to Globo Esporte. Suarez has been told he can leave Camp Nou, and former club Ajax are reportedly trying to re-sign the Uruguayan.

Bayern Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has dismissed reports claiming a deal with Chelsea for Kai Havertz is close as "nonsense".

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Germany international Havertz for several months, as the club looks to become Premier League title challengers next season.

Media reports on Monday claimed the two clubs were close to an agreement on a deal worth an initial €80m (£72m), with potential add-ons of up to €20m (£18m).

But Voller is adamant no such deal has been struck, suggesting Chelsea's pursuit of their primary target is still some way off completion.

"This is nonsense," he is reported to have told DPA, in quotes also run by Sport Bild.

If Havertz does eventually join Chelsea, he will follow Hakim Ziyech and Germany colleague Timo Werner at the club for next season.

Chelsea were unable to sign players in the transfer window ahead of the 2019-20 season due to a ban imposed because of rule breaches relating to the signing of young players.

That two-window ban was halved in November, giving them freedom to begin conducting transfer activities again and they have been emphatic in their preparations for 2019-20.

Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Sergio Reguilon have also been strongly linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.

Bayer Leverkusen have sparked further talk that Kai Havertz could be on his way to Chelsea by posting a highlights montage of the midfielder on social media.

The 26-second clip, showing Havertz goals and celebrations, was tweeted along with crown and diamond emojis on Monday.

The post came just hours after it was widely reported that Chelsea and Leverkusen had agreed a deal worth up to £90million (€100m) for the 21-year-old.

Havertz has long been linked with a move to Frank Lampard's side, with no other clubs said to be prepared to rival what would be a record fee for the Blues.

He scored 19 goals in all competitions last season as Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga, reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and the final of the DFB-Pokal, where they lost to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea have already secured the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and are also expected to complete deals for Leicester City's Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, who is leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Their transfer spending in 2020 is therefore likely to be close to £200m, as Lampard attempts to build a squad capable of improving on last season's fourth-place finish in the Premier League.

Leicester City have announced Nampalys Mendy has signed a new contract amid speculation Ben Chilwell could be set to join Chelsea.

Mendy agreed a short-term extension to see out the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, making two appearances following the restart as Brendan Rodgers' squad finished fifth in the Premier League. 

The midfielder, who was signed from Nice, is now tied down at the King Power Stadium for a further two years. 

"I've enjoyed working with Papy since I arrived at Leicester City and the more I’ve seen of him, the more impressed I’ve been, so I'm delighted he's extended his deal with the club as he has an important role to play," Rodgers said of Mendy.

"To have someone with his experience, quality and maturity is a big boost for us, especially with European football next season.

"He's been first class for me and has played very well every time he’s featured, so I'm delighted that he's committed to continuing to be part of what we're trying to build at Leicester City."

Media speculation suggests James Maddison will soon follow Mendy in committing his future to the club, as he has reportedly agreed terms on a lucrative long-term extension. 

However, while one England international is set to stay put, another could be leaving Leicester.

Reports suggest Chilwell is close to agreeing a big-money move to Chelsea, the team who finished one place above the Foxes to claim the final Champions League berth. 

The left-back has long been linked with a switch to Chelsea, who are rumoured to have agreed to pay a fee in the region of £50million to bring the 23-year-old to Stamford Bridge. 

Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal appear close to strengthening their defences.

After conceding more league goals than any other side that finished in the top eight in 2019-20, the two clubs have been linked to defensive reinforcements.

It seems both are close to making additions.

 

TOP STORY – CHELSEA CLOSE TO SIGNING SILVA

Chelsea are close to signing Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva on a one-year deal, according to Sky Sports.

Silva, 35, confirmed after Sunday's Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich that he had played his last game for the Ligue 1 giants.

The Brazil defender has been linked to Chelsea and Fiorentina, but looks set to join the former.

 

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- Chelsea's rivals Arsenal have almost landed a centre-back of their own. RMC Sport reports a deal taking Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes to the club is done, with the sides agreeing a £27million (€30m) fee and the 22-year-old opting for Arsenal over Napoli and Everton.

- On the outer at Real Madrid, just whether Gareth Bale leaves this close season remains to be seen. AS claims there have been no offers for the attacker and MLS seems the only way out due to his salary.

Barcelona are not considering an exit for Lionel Messi as a decision on the star's future nears.

Messi, 33, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants after a trophy-less 2019-20 season.

But the star may yet remain at Barcelona.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA NOT CONSIDERING MESSI EXIT

Messi's rumoured departure from Camp Nou is not on the agenda at all for Barca, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The cover of the Spanish daily reads: "Untransferable".

Messi is contracted at Barcelona until 2021 and Sport reports a decision on his future is expected in the next few days, with the club beginning pre-season training on August 30.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner reportedly considers an exit difficult due to his €700million release clause.

 

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- Another player who has been linked to Barcelona is Lautaro Martinez, but the Inter star could head elsewhere. The Sun reports Martinez is Manchester City's number one target.

- Chelsea may be getting closer to strengthening their defence. The Premier League giants are close to agreeing a £50m deal for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, according to The Athletic. Meanwhile, Goal reports Chelsea have been offered Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva on a free transfer.

- At Manchester United, the talk has been around adding firepower in attack. The Manchester Evening News reports Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is not ruling out a move this close season, having been linked to United previously.

- More changes are expected at Juventus. Fabrizio Romano reports the Serie A champions want to terminate the contracts of Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira, who both have a year left to run on their deals.

- Benjamin Pavard has impressed for Bayern Munich, leading to interest from his homeland. L'Equipe reports Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the France international defender.

- Linked with a move away from Tottenham, Serge Aurier could head to Italy. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Milan want the right-back.

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