Thiago Silva says he has joined Chelsea with the goal of winning the Premier League title, not just for the experience of playing in England's top flight.

The centre-back, who will turn 36 on Tuesday, signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Silva is excited to play in the Premier League for the first time in the latter stages of his career, but is clear that his motivations stretch beyond just getting a taste of the high-profile competition.

He is optimistic Chelsea will enjoy an impressive season that can lead to silverware, while playing in the 2022 World Cup for Brazil also remains a key motivation.

"The way I see it, it is the toughest league in the world, with six or seven big teams genuinely fighting for the title so the motivation is massive," Silva, who spent eight years with PSG with his last game being the Champions League final, said to Chelsea's website.

"What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win. To win everything within my reach.

"Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I'm certain that we'll be fighting for that every step of the way. 

"The team is really strong, we've got a great coach and I've come here to contribute in whatever way I can to ensure that we get as close as possible to achieving those aims.

"That's what motivates me: stepping out onto the pitch, and then winning, winning, and winning some more. I don't think about anything else.

"What Chelsea represents to me is a source of great happiness and motivation to be a part of a new project, a new family and I hope that this will be a very special year together.

"With our young group, as well as some more experienced players like our captain [Cesar] Azpilicueta, we've got all it takes for a great season. We've signed some top players.

"You can be sure I will do everything I can to repay the confidence [Frank Lampard has shown in me] out on the pitch."

Silva continued: "The prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me.

"I'll be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I'm hugely motivated to be in good shape for it.

"The work that I'm putting in to make this a reality already started a while back and now Chelsea have given me a great opportunity to continue playing at the highest level."

Asked if he had a message for the Chelsea fans, Silva added: "I'm arriving 100 per cent motivated for this new project - I'm not just here for the experience, I'm here to win. 

"I hope that they believe, just as we do, that this is going to be a very special year and one full of success for the club."

Hakim Ziyech's official Chelsea debut will have to wait for at least a couple of weeks after Frank Lampard confirmed the new signing has a knee injury.

Media reports began circulating on Wednesday suggesting Morocco international Ziyech was a doubt for Monday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion for the Blues' Premier League opener.

Ziyech arrived from Ajax in pre-season after a £33.3million deal had been agreed last term, with the forward boosting his reputation in 2018-19 after a number of impressive performances en route to the Champions League semi-finals.

But Chelsea fans will have to wait a bit longer to see him in competitive action, as Lampard confirmed the reports he has sustained an injury.

Ziyech's fellow new signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are also not yet ready for their debuts.

"Ziyech took an injury to his knee in the friendly against Brighton and he won't be fit," Lampard said in Thursday's pre-match news conference.

"We are working on him and hope it will only be a matter of weeks, a couple of weeks, we hope, but we'll have to wait and see on that.

"Chilwell is working towards fitness. He won't be fit for Brighton. He has developed and improved this week and going in the right direction, which is good news for us.

"Thiago Silva is in London but won't be training until the weekend, so I doubt very much that he's in contention for the Brighton game.

"Out of the new ones, that's where we are at. Billy Gilmour is a longer-term injury, but other than that we are in decent shape."

Regarding Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic, who were both forced off in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in August, Lampard added: "I missed them off earlier – yes, I am certainly very happy to have them both back.

"Yesterday [Wednesday] was their first day fully training with the team, so they're in contention for Monday.

"I have to be careful and I have a squad to pick from, but the way they're training and their attitude to come back, it looks like they are over their injuries. I just have to make sure I manage them both back in their own ways."

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.

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.

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

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.

Kylian Mbappe has offered a fond farewell to Thiago Silva and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting ahead of their departures from Paris Saint-Germain.

Centre-back Silva, who turns 36 next month, has been in talks with clubs including Chelsea and Fiorentina after deciding to leave Paris at the end of eight hugely successful seasons.

Choupo-Moting, whose winning goal sent PSG into the Champions League semi-finals at Atalanta's expense, is also leaving Parc des Princes after two years since his arrival from Stoke City.

Mbappe described Silva as a "legend" of the club and said Choupo-Moting had been "like a big brother" and underappreciated for his abilities.

In an Instagram story post on Wednesday, PSG forward Mbappe said: "This is the end. I'm very sad to say goodbye to you and that your adventure has come to an end, but I'm also very proud to have been able to play with you.

"Thiago Silva: captain, you're a legend, you have marked the history of this club. One of the best I've seen and have played with.

"Choupo-Moting: you were like a big brother for me for two years. It took a long time for people to realise what a great player you are. But, above all, you're a great guy.

"Thank you so much, guys, I will miss you."

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.

Thiago Silva has not reached an agreement to join Fiorentina, although the veteran Brazil defender confirmed talks are ongoing with the Serie A club.

The 35-year-old concluded a decorated spell at Paris Saint-Germain with an agonising 1-0 loss against Bayern Munich in Sunday's Champions League final.

Silva has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, with the Premier League team reportedly putting a one-year deal on the table.

Speaking to Sky Sport after the match, he detailed the prospect of a move to Florence.

"I have not accepted any offers," he said. "The news of an agreement reached with Fiorentina are not true. 

"My agent is speaking with Fiorentina as well as with other clubs. 

"I will make a decision in the coming days together with my family."

Silva told RMC Sport he wishes to remain at the elite level for the next three or four years and has ambitions of captaining Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In Lisbon against Bayern, he made more clearances (six), attempted more passes (47) and completed more successful passes (38) than any other PSG player.

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.

Chelsea target Thiago Silva confirmed he has played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain following their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.

PSG were unable to claim a maiden Champions League title as Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal holders Bayern triumphed 1-0 in Lisbon on Sunday to complete a 2019-20 treble.

Silva signed a contract extension to remain at PSG until the end of their Champions League campaign amid links to Chelsea and Serie A side Fiorentina.

Chelsea are reportedly favourites to sign PSG star Silva on a free transfer and the 35-year-old defender discussed his future post-match.

"It was my last game in Paris. I am sad," Brazil international Silva told RMC Sport.

"I apologise to the fans. I thank all the fans for their love. I'll come back, with another role, in this club I loved.

"I want to play for another three, four years and play at the World Cup in Qatar."

Silva has enjoyed great success since joining PSG from Milan for a reported €42million in 2012.

The PSG captain has won seven Ligue 1 titles, five Coupe de France crowns, six Coupe de la Ligue trophies and five Trophee des Champions.

Of those honours, six have come during Thomas Tuchel's tenure as head coach in Paris.

Tuchel hailed Silva in his post-match news conference, telling reporters: "Thiago was my captain and it was a pleasure to have a player with quality and personality like him.

"He extended his contract with us for two months. He gave his heart and energy on the pitch, he gave everything to win this Champions League. He deserved to win it.

"We went through some tough times, there were some big disappointments. I'm absolutely proud that he was my captain.

"We're going to talk to the club now, with him, to clarify the situation. No matter what the decision is, he'll still be my player. He's in my heart and it was incredible to play with him."

Manchester United have made Jadon Sancho their prime target heading into 2020-21.

However, prising Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund is proving difficult.

United, as a result, could be about to walk away.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED SET TO GIVE UP ON SANCHO

Manchester United are ready to abandon their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to the Mirror.

United have been unable to agree a fee with Dortmund for England sensation Sancho, who is valued at €120million (£108m).

Now, United are willing to give up on Sancho until next year, which could see the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool enter the fray.

 

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- Marca claims Barcelona have re-opened talks with Inter regarding star forward Lautaro Martinez. As Barca look to move on veteran Luis Suarez, the embattled LaLiga giants remain keen on Inter's Martinez, despite links to Lyon star Memphis Depay.

Arsenal have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, reports the Daily Mail. Thiago is eyeing a switch to Liverpool, though the English champions are believed to be unwilling to meet Bayern's demands.

- According to the Mirror, Barca have been quoted £143m (€158.6m) to sign Richarlison from Everton.

- Tuttosport claims former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is preparing to replace Antonio Conte at Inter. Conte is reportedly set to leave San Siro following one season at the helm.

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, says Fabrizio Romano. Also linked to Napoli, Everton and United, Gabriel will fly to London on Monday to sign a contract until June 2025.

- Romano also claims Chelsea will announce the signing of Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell in the coming days as the Blues also target Paris Saint-Germain veteran Thiago Silva and continue negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz.

Leicester are considering Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Chilwell, says the Daily Mail.

- Roma star Edin Dzeko only wants to leave the capital club for Juve, reports Tuttosport. Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly sees Dzeko as the perfect strike partner under Andrea Pirlo.

- As new boss Ronald Koeman oversees a Barca rebuild, Sport reports Ajax would demand €55m for Donny van de Beek. The Netherlands international has also been linked to Madrid and United.

Monaco coach Niko Kovac wants the Ligue 1 side to sign former Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, according to Le10 Sport. Gotze is a free agent after leaving Dortmund.

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.

The transfer saga that is Jadon Sancho-Manchester United continues to roll on.

Sancho has long been tipped to join United, though Borussia Dortmund are adamant the England star will not return to his homeland this off-season.

United, however, are reportedly not giving up.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED HELD UP BY PERSONAL TERMS

Manchester United remain keen on signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but personal terms and an agent fee are holding up their pursuit, according to ESPN.

Dortmund have insisted Sancho will not be sold, though United continue to target the former Manchester City youngster in a blockbuster transfer.

United have reportedly been given the green light to speak to Sancho and his representative but there has been an impasse with the player's camp over salary demands.

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- Journalist Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are still negotiating a deal for star Kai Havertz. While Chelsea are confident, there remains a difference between the two clubs as Leverkusen hope to conclude a deal by the end of the month.

Jack Grealish to United? The Aston Villa captain continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford and ESPN reports United goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be included in a deal to sign Grealish. Romero is United's number two behind David de Gea and the Argentina international's future is unclear, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly keen for Dean Henderson to challenge for the number one spot.

- According to Cadena Ser's El Larguero, Luis Suarez is aiming to stay at Barcelona. Linked with a return to former club Ajax, Suarez is reportedly one of a number of players who could be forced out following Ronald Koeman's arrival. However, Suarez, Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto all want to speak to Quique Setien's replacement.

- Amid doubts over Pique's long-term future with Barca, Libero claims newly promoted Premier League side Fulham have made an offer for the Spain international star.

United remain interested in signing Barca teenager Ansu Fati, reports Marca. The 17-year-old reportedly switched agents to Jorge Mendes, having previously been represented by Messi's brother.

- The Telegraph says Chelsea are considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva. The 35-year-old will become a free agent following the Champions League final and he has already been linked with former club Milan and fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.

Juventus are negotiating with United for Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report also says the Serie A champions are speaking to City regarding Alex Sandro, while new boss Andrea Pirlo is eyeing Roma striker Edin Dzeko and Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

- Tuttosport's frontpage on Thursday suggests a merry-go-round of strikers. Inter have reportedly told Real Madrid that Romelu Lukaku is not for sale, Juve are in talks with Wolves to sign Raul Jimenez and Inter are challenging the Bianconeri for Dzeko. Meanwhile, Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik is heading towards Roma.

- The countdown is on for Madrid to sell outcasts Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, according to Marca.

Thiago Silva is eager to end his trophy-laden eight-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain with Champions League success before finalising a decision over his next career move.

The centre-back signed a contract extension to stay at the club until the end of their 2019-20 campaign, which will conclude on Sunday in PSG's first European Cup final.

Silva helped keep a clean sheet in Tuesday's 3-0 semi-final win over RB Leipzig and is aiming to bow out on the ultimate high by lifting the most famous club trophy of them all.

However, the Brazil international - who has won 23 trophies during his time in the French capital - has yet to decide which club he will join next.

"I don't want to talk about that because it is not going to help us, but I want us to celebrate all together after the last match with a title," he told RMC Sport.

"I have already said a lot of times before that I want to finish [my career] here in Europe. 

"A decision was taken, now things are calm in my head. I will be at another club, but my heart will stay here."

PSG were comfortable winners against Leipzig in Lisbon thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat.

Despite the three-goal margin of victory, however, Silva insists his side did not have it all their own way at the Estadio da Luz.

"It was not easy at all - there were difficult moments," he said. "But today, we deserved to be in the final. 

"I'm very happy with my team and how we behaved. We tried not to concede a goal right until the end because we know that we are very strong up top and can always score."

PSG will now take on either Bayern Munich or Lyon in Sunday's final knowing that victory will see them win an unprecedented fourth major trophy of the campaign.

And Thilo Kehrer, who has started their last three Champions League games, has talked up the team spirit in the PSG camp.

"We are proud to go to the final. In the locker room, there was a lot of noise," he said. "This evening we showed a real collective. 

"In recent months, we have been able to come together and gradually form a united group. It took a while, but we became more organised and are now more together".

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