Chelsea are expected to complete the free transfer of Thiago Silva in the near future.
Chelsea have reportedly agreed terms with Thiago Silva on a two-year deal – and Danny Murphy has praised the club for bringing in someone capable of being a leader at the back. The Brazilian played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Silva has spent the last eight years in Paris trying to win the Champions League trophy but they came up short against Bayern, losing 1-0 in the final.
The 35-year-old had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs with his contract running out.
But it seems Chelsea have won the race for his signature.
The Blues have been on the hunt for a new centre-back to help provide some stability to their relatively young back line.
Antonio Rudiger was their most experienced centre-half last season, but injuries restricted him to just 19 Premier League starts with Kurt Zouma the next oldest at just 25 years of age.
Andreas Christensen, 24, and Fikayo Tomori, 22, are both tipped for bright futures.
But Silva joining the ranks will instantly add vast amounts of experience and a winning mentality.
And Murphy also believes Silva will be a leader for Chelsea at the back.
“I think for a couple seasons he could be a brilliant signing,” he said on talkSPORT.
“When you look at Chelsea’s problems defensively, they’ve needed someone who can lead.
“Generally young players, if you’re looking round the world for centre halves, there’s not many anyway.
“A young one who could potentially grow and get better, it’s a risk.
“I think Thiago Silva is ready-made, in he goes and he’ll improve them. I think it’s good business.”
It has been suggested that Silva’s imminent arrival could mean Tomori heads out on loan to gain regular first-team football.
The England international has already had loan spells at Brighton, Hull and Derby in his younger years.
But he could be set to play regular Premier League football with Everton said to be among those interested in taking him on loan.