Reported Arsenal target Thiago Silva has been praised by Frank Leboeuf, who described the departing PSG captain as fantastic and suitable for the Premier League (ESPN).
90min claims Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are one of five Premier League clubs – along with Everton, Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham – looking into the prospect of making contract offers to Silva.
French outlet L’Equipe initially reported that PSG sporting director Leonardo has let the 35-year-old know his contract will not be extended past the extension to his existing deal that he will be given to complete the club’s 2019-20 campaign.
It is claimed that Silva rejected a pay cut, which would have allowed him to stay at Parc des Princes beyond the end of this season, which has been extended in wake of the global health crisis.
“He is definitely a fantastic player,” Chelsea and France icon Leboeuf told ESPN. “He is not done yet. He is still in a good shape and he will fit in (at his next club). He will fit in at many, many clubs in the Premier League for sure.”
Silva has been at PSG since 2012 and has made 310 competitive appearances, winning a multitude of trophies along the way including seven Ligue 1 titles, four French Cups, five French League Cups and seven French Super Cups.
Prior to his PSG stint, the Brazil international won a Serie A title and an Italian Super Cup at AC Milan, plus one Brazilian Cup at Fluminense, while in the Selecao colours, he has won a Copa America and a Confederations Cup.
Silva is a veteran, world-class defender with a glittering CV which includes over 500 competitive club appearances, 88 Brazil caps, international silverware and eight league titles, and for him to be a free agent is sure to spark fierce competition for his services.
Arsenal’s defence has been a weak point for them this season and Silva would be a great option to bolster their ranks, although the finances may be tricky for the Gunners – though there’d be no transfer fee involved, his current PSG salary is reported by talkSPORT to be £1.3million a month (£325,000-a-week).