Arsenal are reportedly one of a number of high-profile clubs interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva this summer – and the Brazilian has been previously praised by Arsene Wenger.
French newspaper L’Equipe claimed this week that PSG and Silva are set to part ways after eight years with the Ligue 1 champions. The 88-time Brazil international played 310 times for PSG, winning the league seven times.
However, his contract expires this summer and Le10Sport claim PSG have only offered Silva an extension worth upto £85,000 a week. Football website 90Min say Everton, Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves are also keen.
The Gunners are likely to be at the head of the queue, though, given their need for a central defender and Arsenal legend Wenger once praised Silva’s ability on the ball – but claimed Marquinhos is the better option.
Comparing options for the Brazil captaincy, Wenger told BeIN Sports in 2018 – as per Eurosport: “Miranda and Thiago Silva are both over 30. Marquinhos is individually better, but he has less experience.
“When the pressure is on, that is very important. Thiago Silva is good on the ball, Miranda is a bit more basic, but he is the better defender,” Wenger continued.
TBR’s view – Would Silva improve Arsenal?
Without a doubt – both on and off the pitch. Silva is still a class above and offers enormous quality at the back – strength, aerial ability and composure on the ball, as Wenger states.
Yes, Silva is 35 and his powers are dwindling. But even at that age, he would be Arsenal’s best centre-back – certainly boasting more quality than the likes of Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and even his Brazilian teammate David Luiz.
Landing Silva on a free for a season or two is an absolute no-brainer.