Opinion: Why Arsenal and Other Premier League Clubs Should Think Twice About Signing Silva

This article pains me to write but I feel I have to for my fellow football fans who support Premier League clubs. Steer clear of Thiago Silva.

The Paris Saint-Germain captain will not receive an extension from the club and will be free to sign wherever he wants at the end of the season (he plans to sign a temporary extension to finish up two domestic cup finals and the UEFA Champions League in August).

According to 90 Min, several Premier League clubs are interested in signing Silva, including Arsenal, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United FC, and West Ham United FC.

In addition to these English clubs, AC Milan and Napoli are also reportedly interested in the Brazil international once his tenure in the French capital is over.

While Silva did provide one of the greatest moments in recent PSG history (goal against Chelsea FC in the Champions League), he’s also captained the club during some of its darkest moments (6-1 loss to FC Barcelona and the 3-1 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League).

This season, you only have to look at the tie against Borussia Dortmund in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Silva was exposed by the much faster Erling Haaland and PSG went on to lose the first leg 2-1 after being thoroughly outplayed. In the return leg, Silva was out due to injury, and Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos combined to completely shut down Dortmund’s attack, which was one of the best in Europe, to advance to the quarter-finals.

At 35-years-old, Silva still has something to offer a top European club but he has to go to the right league. I’m not the biggest fan of the Premier League but there’s no denying the incredible pace at which the game is played there. If Silva were to choose one of those five clubs, I fear he would be exposed on a weekly basis.

For me, a move to Serie A makes the most sense for Silva. The league is a bit more defensive and he has experience having played at Milan before leaving for PSG in 2012.

Premier League clubs may be enticed by Silva’s “free transfer” status but my advice is to look elsewhere.

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Tags AC Milan Arsenal Everton Marquinhos Napoli Newcastle United Presnel Kimpembe PSG Mercato Thiago Silva West Ham United Wolverhampton Wanderers
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