David Luiz nears Chelsea exit after agreeing PSG deal

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Chelsea star David Luiz has confirmed that he is on the brink of completing his move to PSG after agreeing a five-year deal.

Luiz, 27, is currently in Brazil with the national squad ahead of the World Cup, which begins on Thursday when the host nation take on Croatia. However, Luiz has taken time out of his undoubtedly busy schedule to confirm that his proposed move from Stamford Bridge to Parc des Princes is progressing well.

Asked about his future by Globoesport, he said: "I'm just concentrating on playing.

"I just signed a five-year contract with PSG.

"But what we plan for today might not be right for tomorrow.

"In the future I will have a child, a family and my priorities might change. You have to think of others, not just yourself.

"If a football player could plan his whole career, he would say: 'What I want is to play on this team, be a champion every year, and be selected for the national team.'"

The news brings his move to PSG within touching distance after the Ligue 1 champions agreed a reported £50 million fee with Chelsea last month.

Upon the news breaking, Luiz took to Twitter to thank Chelsea fans for their support since signing for the club from Benfica in January 2011 for £21.3 million.

Once completed, the move will bring significant funds to Jose Mourinho, who is looking to restructure his Chelsea squad after a disappointing start to his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea won nothing and finished third behind Liverpool and Manchester City with Mourinho lamenting his lack of options more than once. Strikers seem to be the order of the day with Diego Costa set to join imminently and another established star likely to follow.

The reported fee of £50 million for Luiz verges on the insane and leaves questions over whether the Parisian club are willing to take Financial Fair Play seriously. Uefa have already dished out punishment to the Qatari-owned club for financial violations, but that has not stopped them overspending on stars they believe will help expand the brand as well as improve the team.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has also declared an interest in signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard, but after the Belgian's stellar season, in which he won Chelsea's player of the year and the PFA's Young Player of the Year award, Mourinho is reluctant to let him leave.

However, with Chelsea keen to fall in line with FFP, a bid in the region of £70 million would be hard for Mourinho to turn down. The Special One has also been openly critical of Hazard in the past, hinting that he would jump at the opportunity to sell the 23-year-old if given the chance.

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