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Thiago Silva to sign new contract as deal “closes”
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is set to grant a contract extension with the club – a reward for his continuing age-defying form, 90min reported.
His recent form and high performance, as demonstrated recently against Leicester City and Juventus, should be rewarded with a new contract.
The defender has told those close to him that he wants to stay in England and continue playing at the highest level ahead of the World Cup in Qatar a year from now.
This news will come like music to Thomas Tuchel’s ears as he had long ago made known his intentions concerning his troop.
Frenkie de Jong transfer shot and warning
New Barcelona boss Xavi has categorically ruled out the departure of midfielder star Frenkie De Jong in upcoming transfer windows amid Christian Pulisic Chelsea swap rumors.
De Jong, 24, has been a key part of a Barcelona squad which has seen a dramatic setback so far under current ex-manager Ronald Koeman as club legend Xavi Hernandez seeks to hand over the Catalan giants fallen on the right track.
According to a report by El Nacional, Chelsea have made their demands to La Liga Barcelona heavyweights, who are looking to secure the signing of USMNT star Christian Pulisic from the European champions.
It is understood that the Blues want either £ 42million in cash for Pulisic or de Jong in exchange for the injury-prone winger and although Xavi himself would have wanted to bring more attacking options to strengthen an area Hit by the team’s injuries, it appears the £ 81million man will not be part of any operations despite the club’s willingness to offer young sensation Gavi a new contract during these financial woes.
Speaking ahead of the trip from Barcelona to take on Unai Emery and the Yellow Sub on Sunday night, club legend clarified: “Our goal is for Frenkie to be happy here. We desperately need this type of player.
“It is definitely not in the window, quite the contrary. The idea is to make it stronger here.
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Federico Chiesa is unlikely to arrive
Calciomercato via Chelsea News and Co. reported that although Tuchel is a big fan of Federico Chiesa, he will struggle to sign him in the immediate future.
It’s a move that would be expensive – probably in the direction of the sums we paid for Romelu Lukaku this summer. Chiesa has also just signed for Juve definitively, and they are not willing sellers.
The suggestion is that it could happen in January, but it just seems impossible to us. Juventus won’t sell and we don’t really need to buy. If we are interested, it will be a slow burner.