Chelsea are believed to have made a last minute intervention to stop Brazilian International Thiago Silva signing for former manager Jose Mourinho’s new club Inter Milan.
24-year-old Silva is out of contract at his current side Fluminense in the new-year and was understood to have been on the verge of signing a pre-contract deal with the Nerazzurri last week before Chelsea showed their interest in bringing the central defender to Stamford Bridge.
Silva has openly admitted he will leave the Brazilian side when his deal runs out, but it remains to be seen whether the defender will end up in the Premier League with Chelsea or at the San Siro with former Blues boss Mourinho.
Silva said: “There are some things happening.
“That is true and I do not deny this to anyone. We have to be open with the fans.
“There is no point saying that I'm going to stay for next year if I am thinking of leaving.
“I say very clearly that I'm thinking of leaving. Everyone knows that.
“When I walk in the streets, the fans says: "Go with God, it makes your life. You deserve it, you are a good man". Hearing that makes me more relaxed.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic has already told manager Luiz Felipe Scolari there will be little in the way of transfer funds available in January, which make the free agent status of Silva an attractive proposition for the Premiership side.