Thiago Silva finally completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday afternoon for a reported €42m – penning a five-year deal.
The 27-year-old is the first piece of the jigsaw in the double-Milanese swoop as Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks destined to seal his move to the capital in the coming days.
The signing of Silva – arguably the best centre-back in world football at present – is not only a major coup for the club, but a real statement of intent. He will earn around €7.5m per season with a possible €1.5m in bonuses.
He joins an array of centre-backs already at the club and with his Brazilian compatriot Alex finding his feet in Ligue 1 following the move from London back in January, it looks certain the two will form a consolidated partnership.
Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti kept his cards close to his chest when speaking about his new arrival on Saturday; “I’m very happy about the signature of Thiago Silva. He is a fantastic player. Everyone knows he is one of the best defenders in the world. Along with Silva, Alex, we have some excellent central defenders and I will choose the best combination to play. I won’t forget our other defenders who work hard. I know Thiago Silva because I coached him for six months. I think he will improve the team’s defensive quality because, I repeat, he really is one of the best in the world. The club has done a fantastic job to sign such an important player.” (via the club’s Official Site).
Club Doctor Eric Rolland had flew out to Rio de Janeiro on Friday to conduct a medical examination on Silva as he prepares for the Olympics with Brazil and will not join up with the PSG squad until August.
In other news, Ezequiel Lavezzi made his Parisien bow in Austria on Saturday afternoon in a 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow. The Argentine played the entirety of the first-half before witnessing Peguy Luyindula and Kevin Gameiro give the team a 2-0 lead just after the hour-mark. However, a few defensive frailties allowed the Russians back into the game and were able to salvage a draw in what was a good workout for the players.
The team will now fly back home before jetting across the Atlantic for the tour of the US.