Everton are a club that have been regularly mooted with potential centre-back targets this summer and there’s one name that just simply won’t go away.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Toffees ‘remain’ in the hunt to land Paris Saint-Germain veteran Thiago Silva with Carlo Ancelotti seeing him as an ‘ideal’ option to bolster the club’s defensive ranks.
The 35-year-old is set to leave the Ligue 1 champions following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, which is likely to be after the French outfit’s run in the Champions League knockout stages next month.
Would you welcome a 35 y/o Thiago Silva to Goodison Park?
Not a chance!
In the absence of emerging prospect Mason Holgate, Everton’s backline was exposed against Wolverhampton Wanderers with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina the pairing during the 3-0 thrashing at Molineux.
A figure like Silva, who has clinched seven domestic league titles as well as the Copa America on the international stage, would certainly aid the Merseysiders substantially especially if they want to live out their ambitions to play in Europe anytime soon.
He can be a mentor for Holgate, improving him tenfold whilst he can clearly still cut it at an elite level despite PSG letting him go as the Brazillian has featured 30 times in all competitions, averaging 2.7 clearances, 1.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and a whopping 70.6 passes per game, via WhoScored.
Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Calvozzo waxed lyrical about the 6-foot powerhouse to the ECHO in a recent interview, and said:
“Thiago Silva has always been an athlete who took good care of himself, so even at almost 36 he is still in a good moment of his career.
“I understand that he doesn’t have the energy of a young man, but his talent is undeniable and with his experience he can be an interesting name for any team.
“[He] has always pointed out that Ancelotti had a very important role in his career and certainly acting under his command again would help a lot to make this a good project for him.”
Whilst Ancelotti couldn’t praise Silva enough in his book ‘My Coaching Secrets‘ which was published in 2015. The Italian calls his old PSG counterpart “the boss of the defence” and claimed that the “leader” is “capable of doing extraordinary things in the two phases of the game. With him, things at the back are simple and efficient.”
Maybe a reunion is on the horizon? Only time will tell.