Best Replacement: Three possible Thiago Silva replacements after Chelsea exit hint

Best Replacement: Three possible Thiago Silva replacements after Chelsea exit hint

Thiago Silva has hinted that he will leave Chelsea this summer following their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

The Brazilian is now 39 years old and his current contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire at the end of June.

A return to Fluminense has been touted as a possibility and Silva’s comments following Chelsea’s loss at Wembley suggest an exit is almost inevitable.

“You are going to know in the coming days,” Silva revealed when questioned about his Chelsea future after the game. “I don’t want to say anything now after a defeat. I’m sad about the result, but sooner or later the news will come out.

“I do have a decision made in my mind, but it’s not the moment to share it. It’s not an individual sport, but my four years here were very good. Not that I didn’t believe in myself, but with my age and the intensity of this league, it’s rare to see players at a high level at 39.

“I don’t like to talk about me, but you can see this. In the semi-final I was ready to play the extra-time! I can see I still have some years in me to keep enjoying football.”

With Silva seemingly on his way out, let’s runs through three possible replacement options for Chelsea.

Ousmane Diomande

Ousmane Diomande is being courted by Europe’s elite clubs and he is expected to leave Sporting CP during the upcoming transfer window.

Chelsea are among the interested parties and a move for the Ivorian could be a smart idea given his obvious talent.

He would add to the young core of players at Stamford Bridge and could grow into Chelsea’s Silva replacement.


With Silva set to leave, signing his fellow Brazilian and former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Marquinhos could be a sensible idea.

He isn’t the same player he was back in 2020, however Marquinhos’ age and leadership would go a long way to ensuring Silva’s presence in the squad isn’t missed.

Pochettino has stated that he wants to add experience this summer and Marquinhos would certainly tick this box.

Trevoh Chalobah

It may seem foolish to say, but Trevoh Chalobah could easily step up in Silva’s absence.

The Englishman is expected to leave Chelsea this summer, amid Financial Fair Play concerns, but he has become a regular starter since returning from injury, proving Pochettino evidently rates him.

He may not have Silva’s experience, but he’s an academy graduate and has a passion for the club that is hard to buy. This option would also help Chelsea save money for their pursuit of Victor Osimhen.

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