Free-spending Chelsea remains in the headlines during the 2022-23 season after the Premier League giants have taken the transfer market by storm under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali-led Clearlake Capital Group, with the Blues having now officially spent well over £600m since the arrival of the new ownership consortium in the summer.
It has become clear that the Blues harbor ambitions of a full rebuild in record time in stark contrast to what has simmered on the back burner on the other side of town at London Colney, with Boehly and Eghbali adamant in their attempts to set the club up for both immediate successes as well as sustainable competitiveness at the very top level both in England and abroad.
Despite the unprecedented levels of spending across such a short period, Chelsea has still turned inward to extend the contract of one of their most-vital pieces in the puzzle at Stamford Bridge; Thiago Silva.
According to the player himself, contract talks are progressing well between both parties while making known his desire to remain during the current rebuild; “We are negotiating, it will probably happen in the next days. My plan is to continue at Chelsea and Chelsea wants to continue with me. Chelsea needs me with the rebuilding of the club — and I’m here.”
The Blues thought it best to bring in AS Monaco’s Benoît Badiashile this summer on the back of a pair of deals for Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, adding to the thin Blue line at the back that really only consisted of Thiago and Trevoh Chalobah after Chelsea had to part ways with both Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen who jet-set off to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
But with Koulibaly potentially leaving in the summer after struggling to truly settle at Stamford Bridge, there is plenty of room for the club to retain the services of a wily old veteran that is still proving he can stand up against the best the world has to offer in the top league in Europe.