Craig Burley backs Chelsea’s pursuit of defenders Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell as the Blues’ extraordinary recruitment drive ramps up another level.
The west London club have already completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, but aren’t anywhere near done there.
A club-record £90 million fee has now reportedly been agreed with Bayer Leverkusen for talented youngster Kai Havertz, with personal terms already settled verbally.
Defence is also an area of concern for Frank Lampard and deals for Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are getting closer to completion, while recent reports indicate a four-year deal has been agreed with 21-year-old central defender Malang Sarr.
Paris Saint-Germain captain Silva said goodbye to his team-mates after losing the Champions League final to Bayern last week and is now a free agent.
Despite turning 36 next month, former Chelsea midfielder Burley believes a deal for the experienced centre-back makes sense.
The guy can defend,’ Burley told ESPN FC. ‘He’s just been part of a team that’s got to the Champions League final and lost to the best team on the planet at the moment in Bayern Munich.
‘We’ve talked about the centre-half position, all the other guys are out there chasing the top players as well so you’ve got to get in there quick, make a decision, make an offer, sort that position out and worry about it in 12-18 months’ time about filling it again.
‘You can’t sit on your backside and watch him go somewhere else and then start looking about for other centre halves of that quality and experience, because there aren’t many out there.
‘It makes sense for me. It’s not ideal signing a [soon to be] 36-year-old, but it’s a fit 36-year-old who’s got good character, good experience and can still play.’
‘The real Ben Chilwell is a potential top drawer left-back, he is everything that you need, the pace, the great left foot and the engine that you need to get up and down.’