Thiago Silva: Brazilian star says Neymar helped him secure Chelsea move

Thiago Silva: Brazilian star says Neymar helped him secure Chelsea move

- Thiago Silva is among a number of players who have completed summer moves to Chelsea

- The Brazilian signed a one-year deal with an option to extend it for a further year

- The 35-year-old spent eight years with PSG before the Premier League move

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar reportedly played a lead role in Thiago Silva's move to Premier League club Chelsea.

Silva sealed a summer switch to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from PSG in August to form part of an array of players Frank Lampard has added to his ranks.

It is believed the veteran defender had a number of offers including PSG who were keen to extend his stay.

However, Metro UK citing The Telegraph reports the 35-year-old was immediately attracted by the prospect of signing for the Blues.

Thiago Silva: Neymar helped Chelsea land summer signing
Thiago Silva spent eight years with PSG before the Premier League move. Photo: Getty Images.
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The report further detailed Neymar's role in the transfer, revealing Silva consulted his countryman before he made the decision.

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Neymar is understood to have enthusiastically urged his compatriot to make a move with the Premier League giants.

Silva subsequently penned a one-year deal with the Lampard-tutored side but has an option to extend his contract by a further year.

The ex-PSG star is expected to walk straight into Chelsea's starting XI, with his experience expected to bring calm in the backline of the west London club.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is now a surprise target for Manchester United with latest reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with the Frenchman ahead of the start of the Premier League season. U

UK outlet Daily Star reports that United are monitoring the Frenchman’s status at Stamford Bridge as the Blues have placed €60million price-tag to raise funds for their next target Declan Rice.

It was gathered that United boss Solskjaer is impressed with Kante and is ready to bring the defensive midfielder to the club should Chelsea be willing to let go.

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