Former Chelsea star David Luiz has claimed that he thinks he is worth more than £50 million now, having completed a world-record move for a defender to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The Brazilian, who split opinion during his time at Stamford Bridge for his gung-ho approach and often carefree style of football, will return to west London as his current club take on Jose Mourinho’s men in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
Chelsea vs PSG
With Chelsea having bested Laurent Blanc’s side in the quarter-final of last year’s competition the tie has attracted plenty of attention as it is. Yet the homecoming of Luiz, who was generally considered a crowd favourite during his three years with the club, adds an extra element of spice to the affair.
Of course one thing that made his departure from the Blues a major talking point was the fee. Luiz never demonstrated the ability to be a calm and collected presence in the heart of the defence, often preferring instead to break rank and charge up the pitch when the opportunity presented itself. As such the £50 million sum was considered an absolute bargain for Chelsea, making Luiz’s latest claims somewhat preposterous.
Luiz's bold claim
“I think and I hope in this room, I am valued more than £50m," Luiz told reporters, according to the London Evening Standard.
"I think and I hope in this room, I am valued more than £50m"
“Football is a business. You have these kind of things. It's not for me to talk about the price. I just need to show my football every day and do my job for the club.”
Indeed to many idea of the 27-year-old being valued at above the fee for which Chelsea dispensed of his services is incredibly baffling. When it’s considered that the likes of Mats Hummels and Diego Godin, both of whom have proven far more redoubtable for their respective clubs, are available for less than that the matter is put in perspective to some degree, and Luiz’s price-tag can be called into question.
Yet with PSG one of the most adversely affected European clubs with regards to the new Financial Fair Play rulings it’s safe to assume that the powers that be at the Parc des Princes wouldn’t be ready to allow any of their first-team players to leave for anything less than top dollar market price.
With Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi both facing uncertain futures the idea of Blanc offloading star names in order to fund his own transfer endeavours is one worth entertaining, and the more money they recoup from such transfers the better off they’ll be.
Football fans, how much do you think David Luiz is worth in the market at the moment? Above £50 million, or far less? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...