Chelsea will move to conclude their surprise swoop for Paris Saint Germain central defender Thiago Silva early this week.
The Blues are already very close to completing a move for the iconic Brazilian, with both parties in advanced talks over an initial 12 month contract.
And the expectation is for a deal to be wrapped up by the Stamford Bridge club during the early part of this week unless there is a sudden change of heart.
Silva’s contract expired following Sunday night’s gut-wrenching Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich, meaning he is available on a free transfer.
Frank Lampard is keen to add defensive reinforcements to his squad during the window after his side conceded 79 goals across all competitions last term.
And there is a feeling that Silva, despite the fact he turns 36 next month, can improve the club’s backline.
Silva will bring huge experience and confirmed he has intentions to keep playing for three or four more years after he bid an emotional farewell to PSG where he won seven Ligue 1 titles in eight years.
‘It was my last game in Paris. I am sad. I apologise to the fans,’ Silva said following the 1-0 defeat against Bayern.
‘I thank all the fans for their love. I will return to Paris and this club that I love in another role.
‘I want to play three to four years still and be part of Brazil team in the Qatar World Cup.’