Chelsea, United on high alert as long-term target rejects new deal with club

David Luiz returned to Chelsea this summer, and now it seems another Brazilian centre-back is ready to go back to familiar ground in Thiago Silva

The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back is being targeted by Chinese investors set to take over AC Milan as one of the initial trophy-signings, according to Brazilian outlet UOL, who reports talks over a new deal at the Parc des Princes have stalled.

However, his availability also brings Premier League clubs into the reckoning.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all in the market for an experienced centre-half and the Brazilian fits the bill.

Barcelona will also monitor the developments as PSG battle to secure their captain to a new agreement.

After splashing £62.5 million on the Rossoneri, the Chinese want to bring the former Selecao captain back to the San Siro in 2017, a year before his current deal with Les Parisens ends.

Thiago Silva also claimed Paris Saint-Germain’s decision to prevent him from taking part in the Olympic Games this summer was “not easy to digest”.

The defender was wanted by Brazil under-23 coach Rogerio Micale to be one of the host nation’s three overage players at the Olympics, but PSG, who had already granted Marquinhos permission after some initial reluctance, refused to release him.

Silva admitted that the Ligue 1 club were in a difficult situation because of their numerous Brazilian defenders, but he is still struggling to comes to terms with missing out on the tournament, which the Selecao won on home turf.

“Not yet,” he replied, when asked by Le Parisien if he had digested PSG’s decision. “It was a last-minute decision. I understand the club’s situation because it was difficult to allow two central defenders, Marquinhos and I, to go. I understand that but it is still not easy to digest.”

Although Unai Emery is now coach, Silva has retained the skipper’s armband at Parc des Princes, and he says little has changed on that front since Laurent Blanc’s time in charge.

Despite PSG’s decision to deprive him of participating in the Olympics, Silva is still focused on his role as club captain.

Despite missing out on the Olympics this summer, Silva still hopes to return to Brazil’s national team at some point soon.

The defender believes there is more chance of an international comeback given that Tite has now taken charge, having fallen down the pecking order under his predecessor Dunga

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