Everton Manager Would ‘Gladly Embrace’ the Arrival of PSG Defender

Thiago Silva will be out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain in June and is unlikely to be offered an extension. While some speculate that Silva could return to Italy where he played for AC Milan previously, one report indicated that a move to the Premier League “can not be excluded.”

A report from Sportal (via Sport Witness) revealed that Everton FC manager Carlo Ancelotti “would gladly embrace [Silva] again.” The two worked together at Paris Saint-Germain, albeit briefly, during the 2012-13 season.

Silva is currently in Brazil with his family during the coronavirus crisis and the report described his time away from the French capital as “a moment of reflection.” The 35-year-old defender does indeed have a major decision to make. If his time in Paris does come to a conclusion, where does he want to go to likely wrap up his career?

A move to Everton does make a lot of sense but only if he’s willing to lower his wage expectations (currently earns €1.5 million per month) and signs a short-term deal.

In hiring a high-profile manager with European pedigree like Ancelotti, the Toffees made their intentions clear that they want to be a serious contender in England. However, they’re still not a club with endless amounts of cash that can take a risk on an expensive 35-year-old center-back.

In addition to Ancelotti, Silva could lineup with fellow Brazilians Richarlison and Bernard and former PSG defender Lucas Digne is another familiar face at Goodison Park. Silva would provide invaluable experience for Everton’s young defenders as well.

From Silva’s point of view, I’m not sure the fast-paced nature of the Premier League will suit him. He has lost a step and against Borussia Dortmund recently, Silva was exposed when trying to defend Erling Haaland who scored two goals in the first leg of the tie.

Having watched Silva all season, I believe the Italian game seems to be much more his speed but finding the right club could be difficult. Silva likely prefers Milan but their financial issues may make a move difficult.

As ridiculous as this rumor may sound at first, I wouldn’t completely count Everton out as a potential destination for Silva heading into next season.

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