'I would welcome Hazard with open arms at PSG' - Thiago Silva

The Brazil captain believes that the Chelsea winger, who has been repeatedly linked with a move to Parc des Princes, would be an excellent addition for les Parisiens

Thiago Silva has described how Paris Saint-Germain players are consulted on potential transfers, with Eden Hazard mooted as a possible target.

The wealthy Ligue 1 outfit were rumoured to be preparing a massive bid for the 23-year-old Chelsea attacker in January, but no official approach materialised in January.

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However, speaking ahead of his side's clash with Monaco on Sunday, Thiago Silva suggested that he would be keen to see the Belgium attacker join les Rouge-et-Bleu and that he and his team-mates were capable of influencing the president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's dealings in the transfer market.

"It's normal that a president discusses [transfers] with the players," the Brazil defender told L'Equipe.

"When there is a new name that comes out in the press, the president discusses it with us. Sometimes, I speak directly to Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. It's normal to ask ourselves if a player can make us us stronger.

"I would welcome [Hazard] with open arms, like we did with all our recruits. We need players like him to achieve our project and win everything. He is so strong tactically and technically. All the great players are welcome in Paris."

PSG were able to add to their squad during the winter break, with Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle United arriving for €24 million (£20m), an acqusition Silva believes will bear fruit for the club.

"I knew Cabaye a little from the French national team," the centre-half added.

"I'm a big fan of football. Sometimes I even watch brazilian Serie B and French Ligue 2. I think he can help us a lot."

PSG sit top of Ligue 1 with 54 points from 23 games, five ahead of second-placed Monaco.