Thiago Silva is due to undergo a Chelsea medical in Milan on Thursday – despite last-ditch efforts by Paris Saint-Germain to offer him a new deal.
The finishing touches to an offer have been agreed between Chelsea and the 35-year-old defender in the past 48 hours.
After undergoing his medical in Milan, the centre-back is then expected to fly from Italy to London on Friday to begin a 14-day period of self-isolation before joining up with Frank Lampard’s squad.
Although joining on a 12-month contract, it is believed the Brazil international could stay at Stamford Bridge for a further season.
Silva said his goodbyes to PSG fans in a social media post on Wednesday evening ahead of his proposed move to the Premier League.
“Today a cycle ends, after eight years with the PSG team I would like to thank my teammates, the whole technical team and management, the fans, my family, God and friends, for all these happy moments we experienced in the city of light,” he said.
Former Chelsea captain John Terry appeared to welcome the proposed move in a reply to the post.