David Luiz has completed his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, with the confirmation the Brazilian defender has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club. Luiz leaves Chelsea after three-and-a-half seasons in west London, with PSG having paid a reported £50 million to sign him.
Chelsea confirmed at the end of last month that they had given Luiz permission to speak to PSG after a deal was agreed, and the announcement of the player’s move was simply a formality, with the transfer only held up by his World Cup duties.
It ensures Luiz becomes the most expensive defender in the history of the game, with his transfer fee surpassing that paid by PSG to sign Thiago Silva from AC Milan in 2012. The two of them will now form their international partnership at the Parc des Princes.
Chelsea take a significant amount of profit from this deal, with the transfer fee double that what was paid to sign Luiz from Benfica in the winter window of 2011. Included in that deal, however, was Nemanja Matic, who has since been resigned by Chelsea for £21 million.
A great deal for Chelsea
Although Luiz established himself as a favourite among the fans during his time at Stamford Bridge and as a performer of great versatility, after his initial inconsistent start, but Chelsea will surely not view this as a particular loss.
It is a great deal for them, particularly given that Luiz was never a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho. John Terry and Gary Cahill established themselves as Mourinho’s preferred central defensive pairing, with Luiz often used in midfield.
But, with the return of Matic in January, Luiz’s prospects in a more advanced role became more limited, while Kurt Zouma’s eventual arrival at Chelsea bulks out Mourinho’s defensive choices. It may also be that Chelsea choose to recruit another player for this position, with Eliaquim Mangala the most likely.
It is a good deal for Luiz as well, of course. Moving to PSG does not quite represent an upwards step in his career, but it is a transfer that is a boost for both his ego and future. At 27 he needs to be playing regularly, and he will do so at PSG.