Chelsea could make a renewed attempt at bolstering their defensive line in the January transfer window after new details surrounding Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli emerged.
The agent of PSG superstar Silva, Paulo Tonietto, spoke to French newspaper Le Parisien (h/t Metro's Mark Brus) and speculated his client could leave Paris if he fails to land the contract he's seeking:
It is very important for everyone – both for us and for PSG – that everything is clear by December. We can imagine leaving PSG if the club have not made us an offer by then. We already have offers from three or four big teams.
But Thiago’s desire is to stay at PSG. He is feeling very well in Paris, as is his family.
But it all depends on what the club want.
That means the Blues could know by December exactly their chances of signing the Brazil international, who moved to Parc des Princes from Milan in 2012 as one of Europe's highest-rated defenders.
Silva was exiled from the Brazil national team for a time under some of the side's previous managers, but new boss Tite has given the totem a recall, as illustrated by Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson:
Brus also provided quotes from Tonietto after he spoke highly of Chelsea in particular earlier this month: "Chelsea are a big club. And the English league is the best in the world."
That being said, while the 32-year-old might have been classified as an elite force in years gone by, FourFourTwo's Andrew Gibney has questioned whether Silva is still the same beast:
Chelsea already recruited one PSG defender this year after cutting a deadline-day deal to re-sign David Luiz, but manager Antonio Conte could be ready to add yet more Brazilian samba to the core of his back line.
Elsewhere, the Sun's John Hutchinson reported Chelsea are ready to offer £49 million for the services of Romagnoli this winter, and Serie A writer Adam Digby has suggested the centre-back could be worth the expense:
The Blues attempted to lure the 21-year-old away from the San Siro this past summer, and Hutchinson mentioned their last bid for the player was valued at a substantial £35 million before Milan turned it down.
However, Conte's interest in the central defender may not have simmered just yet, with Juventus and Italy star Leonardo Bonucci even hailing his compatriot's talents, per the official UEFA Euro Twitter account:
Ronagnoli has been tipped for a big future after impressing in his first season with the Rossoneri, where he moved in 2015 following a £19 million switch from Italian rivals AS Roma.
Chelsea currently have Luiz alongside the likes of Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic in defence, but with John Terry likely leaving Stamford Bridge next summer, another centre-back recruit could be required come January.