Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a £50 million deal to bring Chelsea defender David Luiz to France.
The deal, subject to medical, has already been accepted by Chelsea and personal terms have also been agreed with the Brazilian defender. Should the deal go through, the price paid would be a world record fee for a defender.
In his three and a half years at Stamford Bridge, the twenty-seven year old won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and the F.A. Cup. Although a defender, Luiz was also known for his trademark bursts from the back, as well as having the kind of touch and ability going forward that made him comfortable in the middle of the park as well.
A statement on Parisian club’s website about the deal read: “Paris St Germain, Chelsea FC and David Luiz would like to confirm that they reached an agreement regarding the terms of an upcoming transfer of the Brazilian defender that would occur during the next transfer window which is to start on 10 June 2014.”
Luiz signed for Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, in a deal that saw Nemanja Matic go the other way. Matic is now back with the London club. Luiz will play at the FIFA World Cup this summer in his home country of Brazil. Tying this deal up early ensures he can fully focus on trying to bring the trophy back to his home country.
Is is thought that Luiz will replace former Chelsea and PSV Eindhoven defender Alex in the team as his potential move to AC Milan moves closer to completion.