Thiago Silva has revealed he has urged Chelsea to explore the possibility of signing Lucas Paqueta before his compatriot becomes West Ham’s record signing.
The Hammers confirmed earlier this week that they had struck a “club record deal” for Brazilian midfielder Paqueta.
While West Ham initially raised 36.5m
Silva is an admirer of his Brazil team-mate and says he spoke to Chelsea about pursuing the midfielder before joining his London rivals West Ham.
‘I heard he wanted to leave Lyon [so] I had some conversations with some people here, but unfortunately it didn’t work out,” Silva told ESPN Brazil.
“We weren’t 100% sure he would leave Lyon. The last week came, this thing got a lot [clearer] and we had some other priorities due to the injuries we have in the team.
“So we needed a striker, another defender. A midfielder was a little less. I think that’s why things didn’t go well.
“But I’m happy for Paqueta because West Ham certainly have a very good structure, they’re a great club in the Premier League scene.”
Paqueta, who is expected to be included in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup later this year, made his West Ham debut in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
The 25-year-old will look to help David Moyes’ side get a positive result against Chelsea on Saturday and Silva added: “I hope he can be sad on Saturday.
“After that he can stay happy and come to the World Cup the way he knows it, the way he did, which is to play good football.”
Despite not signing Paqueta, Chelsea have spent more than £250million on the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Discussing Chelsea’s moves for fellow defenders Koulibaly and Fofana, Silva said: “They are important, high-level players.
“They can give a lot of stability to our defense because we didn’t start well and lost a lot of goals. you can help us
“We’ve never played together and maybe today is the first time, I don’t know. But when you play with players at the top level, it’s easier to find cooperation and good results.”
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