Confirmed by a statement on Chelsea's official website, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, David Luiz will become the most expensive defender in history costing £40 million, overtaking the £36million paid for Thiago Silva.
This means that Paris Saint-Germain now have £103million worth of central defenders at their disposal, if you include the transfer of now 20-year-old fellow Brazilian Marquinhos.
You cannot help but feel this transfer is not only unnecessary but also extortionate. With PSG coming under fire for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, the French outfit could potential face European disqualification if their finances aren't controlled tightly.
Furthermore is Luiz really worth that kind of money? Since joining Chelsea in 2011, he has undoubtedly become a fans favourite with unheard of attacking displays from the centre of defence and the odd rocket of a free kick. However this also comes with moments of defensive suicide, which many put down to his lack of concentration and poor decision making.
So the fact that PSG are paying £40million for such defensive liability should be questioned. A theory coming to light is that PSG want to show the world that they are really a force in European football, by snatching him from Barcelona's fingertips, frustrating the Catalan club who had reportedly been after him for some time.
This shows that they can take players from the best clubs in the world. If Luiz becomes a success then undoubtedly it will go down as a great bit of business but also a statement of PSG's intent of becoming the best team in the world. You can't help but wonder however if the transfer is going to turn out to be a complete waste of money.
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