Thomas Tuchel solves Chelsea’s Thiago Silva transfer dilemma with clever Virgil van Dijk trick

Trevoh Chalobah has emerged as the natural heir to Thiago Silva’s thrown at Chelsea in light of Fluminense’s growing interest in the 37-year-old.

The report claims that the Brazilian side are eyeing the homecoming of Silva upon the end of his current deal at Stamford Bridge, with Silva potentially becoming a free agent in June 2022.

It adds that Fluminense’s talks with the centre-half are in the ‘initial stages’, handing Chelsea a clearer sense of direction ahead of the January and summer transfer windows.

With this in mind, EuroSport transfer insider Dean Jones reports that Jules Kounde remains on the Blues’ radar, while the club still hold an interest in Matthijs de Ligt and internal talks are rumoured to have been launched over the possible pursuit of Pau Torres.

However, despite this, Thomas Tuchel has already unearthed Chelsea’s Silva replacement in the form of Chalobah, who has been ranked as the best centre-half across Europe’s top five leagues so far this season (with a rating of 7.81) by football data website.

The 22-year-old defender ranks above the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels (7.51), Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (7.19) and Manchester City’s Ruben Dias (7.06), bolstering his credentials ahead of a potential vacancy opened by Silva’s departure.

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