Not one person connection with Chelsea shed a tear when David Luiz left Stamford Bridge in 2014.
Luiz was a character who provided some memorable moments but when Paris Saint-Germain made a bid of £50 million fan for him, even the most ardent Blues fan found no reason for Chelsea to say no.
His performances for PSG since, including in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Monaco, which L’Equipe graded two out of 10, suggest Luiz isn’t even worth a fifth of the fee the French club paid for him.
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So when the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday evening that Chelsea have made a £32 million bid to re-sign the Brazilian, many passed it off as a humorous rumour. A leak from a PSG insider disappointed with Luiz’s performances at the Parc des Princes, for example.
But then Sky Sports got involved. And they sounded a little more certain.
Sky Sports’ reporter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “Daily Mail 100% right - Chelsea bid more than £30m to re-sign David Luiz from PSG and he wants to come back.”
Solhekol’s colleague, Jim White, added: “Can confirm £30m+ @ChelseaFC bid for David Luiz and discussions ongoing - player thought to be keen on a return.”
The Telegraph’s Matt Law has heard differently, however.
“I hope I don’t look silly on this tomorrow but I’m told David Luiz will not be returning to Chelsea,” Law tweeted. “No bid made #cfc.”
Regardless of whether the story has any legs, it sure has sparked a reaction on Twitter.
The Daily Mail’s report claims that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has grown frustrated at moves for AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly being rejected.
Not only is the Italian reportedly eager to sign the colourful 29-year-old before tomorrow’s deadline, but he believes that he can improve Luiz as a player.
That might be necessary considering Luiz’s nightmare against Monaco. Unai Emery is probably eager to sell after watching the Brazil international concede a penalty in reckless style.
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