The French giants will make David Luiz the world’s most expensive ever defender…
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PSG and Chelsea have agreed a mammoth £40m transfer fee for the services of Brazilian international David Luiz, reports the BBC.
If the centre-back can agree personal terms with Laurent Blanc’s side, he will become the world’s most expensive ever defender. Interestingly, he is expected to line up alongside Thiago Silva, the man he will take the record off, after PSG signed the Brazilian captain from AC Milan for £35m two summers ago.
“The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical,” a statement on Chelsea’s website read.
The fee Chelsea are set to receive looks out an outstanding piece of business for a player who couldn’t always get in the starting lineup last season. The 27-year-old was very much Chelsea’s third choice centre-back because of the excellent form of John Terry and Gary Cahill, who helped Chelsea finish the season with the best defensive record in the Premier League.
As a result, Luiz often had to content himself with a role in central midfield, which to be fair, he usually did with aplomb. In fact, in the top flight, he was only given 15 starts by Jose Mourinho, but is still set to seal a £40m transfer – more than Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Juan Mata or Yaya Toure cost in recent seasons.
The reason for Luiz’s lack of playing time is because of his defensive inconsistency, and his lapse positioning. On the ball, he’s arguably the world’s most talented defender, but this confidence in possession got his side in trouble on more than one occasion since his arrival in January 2011.
At his best though, he can tackle, intercept, and start attacks from deep.
Another Brazilian central defender, Marquinhos, arrived at PSG last summer, but although Alex is leaving on a free transfer, it seems as though the £27m youngster may have to wait to get the opportunities his talent deserves because of the imminent Luiz signing.
Chelsea are apparently lining up a replacement move for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, who worked with Mourinho previously, and is heading to the World Cup this summer with France.
Youngster Kurt Zouma has already signed for the Blues, and will now likely stay and act as backup for Terry and Cahill rather than going on loan.
David Luiz is expecting to start for Brazil alongside Thiago Silva at this summer’s World Cup once he wraps up a deal to move to France.