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In-focus: Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva helped Milan to the title last term. (©GettyImages)
Thiago Silva helped Milan to the title last term. (©GettyImages).

The transfer window may have slammed shut on January 31st, but that hasn't stopped agents from linking their clients with some big clubs.

Thiago Silva is a prime example, with the Brazilian international defender continuing to impress at AC Milan and emerging on the radar of Barcelona.

However, agent Paulo Tonietto has confirmed that 'rumours' surrounding Chelsea and Manchester United continue to surface. So, GMF decided to place the 27-year-old centre back under the microscope, and see if he could cut the mustard in the Premier League.
 

Pros

The 24-cap international certainly doesn't lack experience, playing in both South America and Europe, albeit during a second spell away from his homeland after failing to make an impact at Porto and Dynamo Moscow.

Signed from Fluminense for €10 million, Silva has built a reputation as a no-nonsense centre back, helping the Rossoneri to last season's Serie 'A' title and again posing a challenge for the crown this season.

At 6ft tall, the Brazilian isn't the tallest in his position, but possesses great ability in the air and strength under the challenge from opposition attackers.

A cult hero with the San Siro faithful, Silva is solid in the tackle, and rarely dives in to make a sliding challenge. Instead, he looks to read the movement of the opposition and make a standing challenge, thus enabling him to carry the ball forward after a tackle.

Both footed, Silva has serious power at his disposal from both the right and left, and isn't afraid to shoot from distance if required. He has no problem coming forward to add weight to an attack.
 

Cons

Silva's availability appears limited, and whilst his agent is willing to discuss interest from clubs across Europe, he seems keen to stress that his client is happy in Italy.

Concerns over his first spell abroad could also linger, with injuries and illness preventing progress in Portugal and Russia. It's worked to Silva's advantage in Milan, but would raise alarm-bells if a big fee was paid by a Premier League club.

An adventurous nature could also cause problems, as David Luiz has found out during his time at Stamford Bridge. His cavalier style has led to criticism from the British media, and Silva would need to watch his forward-thinking moves.

Despite those runs, Silva is also far from prolific as a defender, scoring four league goals in two-and-a-half seasons with the 18-time champions.
 

Verdict

Thiago Silva is a quality defender, and highlighting that his attacking tendencies are a main weakness shows you his capabilities at the back.

Where he would fit at Chelsea is an interesting question, with Gary Cahill, John Terry and David Luiz already vying for two positions at Stamford Bridge.

United would seem like the better fit, with Rio Ferdinand not getting any younger and Nemanja Vidic set to be tested when he returns from a cruciate injury next season.

Availability remains a major problem though - with AC unlikely to depart with the samba star on the cheap. But, if Sir Alex Ferguson wants to break the bank for a defender, Silva would be a fantastic choice.

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