Chelsea have been reached out to by Paris Saint-Germain over a potential blockbuster move for Neymar, according to ESPN.
According to the report, PSG are set to release Neymar, with his agent Pini Zahavi now working to identify potential for the Brazilian striker five years ago from the historic departure of Barcelona.
Chelsea are believed to be keen on a move for Neymar despite the 30-year-old recently expanding his contract with the French capital linking him with the Ligue 1 champions until 2027.
Blues defender Thiago Silva has urged his international team-mate to meet him and Thomas Tuchel in west London following their time together in the French capital.
“[Neymar] will have to go to Chelsea,” Silva told Globo.
“If he is going to leave [PSG], he has to go there.
“If it happens, then the expectations are the best.
“We don’t even have to talk about Neymar’s talent and besides, he’s a great friend.
“I hope this will happen instead of just being in the news, but I don’t know anything about it.”
The new Chelsea owners are thought to be keen to make a “signing statement” this summer and Neymar will fit the bill well.
However, the costs involved in any possible contract could be the biggest stumbling block as Neymar currently puts in an annual salary of £ 31.5 million excluding bonuses.
In essence, Ngolo Kante is Chelsea’s highest paid player with more than £ 15m which means the Blues will have to break their salaries to bring in Neymar.
With Chelsea chasing Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, it remains to be seen how much the Londoners will show by snatching Neymar from what could be a major Premier League transfer window in the current window.