The news dreaded by most Chelsea fans is set to become official, as rumours suggest that David Luiz has agreed a move to Paris St Germain. There is a possibility that the Brazilian could be sold before the World Cup 2014.
Chelsea are set to make a handsome profit on the 27-year-old, as it is rumoured that we have agreed a £50 million fee for the Brazilian. Money is no object for PSG, who were recently fined £50 million by UEFA for breaching the financial fair play regulations, with backing from the Qatari owners. The same cannot be said of Chelsea, who have been trying hard to comply with the FFP regulations.
“You have to target the needs and the positions. Oscar and David Luiz are very good players. They will interest PSG,” said PSG manager Laurent Blanc two weeks ago. Luiz responded by speaking in glowing terms about the French outfit.
“I like Paris. It’s a superb city. I go there often. To play there? You never know. We’ll see,” said Luiz in his response.
The £50 million is expected to be reinvested back into the squad. It is likely to fund the purchase of Diego Costa with reports stating that Chelsea have already agreed a £32 million fee.
It has been widely believed that the sales of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne last January was done in order to meet the FFP regulations.
Luiz may have several flaws in his game, but he had been spoken of as a future captain before last season. The enigmatic presence of Luiz guided Chelsea to Champions League and Europa League success in recent years. We have benefited immensely from his versatility to be able to play in several positions.
A fee of £50 million doubles Chelsea’s investment of £24 million for the player signed in 2011.
If Luiz does leave Chelsea, he will probably be best remembered for his character – a fun loving Brazilian with a winning attitude – rather than his ‘PlayStation’ defending.