Manchester United may have made the most expensive signing of the summer but there’s no arguing which club has made the most surprising transfer.
Nobody paid attention when the Daily Mail first reported that Chelsea had made a bid to re-sign David Luiz on Tuesday. But then the rumour intensified and it turns out that the Blues are genuinely hoping to bring the crazy Brazilian back to Stamford Bridge.
Luiz, who left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, is to undergo a medical in London this evening after the west London outfit bid £30 million.
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That is £20m less than PSG paid for him two years ago and it’s no wonder that Chelsea are getting him back on a reduced fee. His showing in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Monaco, in which he conceded a ridiculous penalty and was giving 2/10 by L’Equipe, suggests little improvement in Luiz’s already questionable form.
Antonio Conte has turned to Luiz after seeing moves for AC Milan’s Alessia Romagnoli and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly fall through.
PSG hoping to squeeze more out of Chelsea
So Conte has decided to bring back a player who knows the club and who needs no time adjusting to English football, having made 143 appearances for Chelsea in his first spell at the club.
While Luiz undergoes a medical, there is still the matter of his price tag. Though PSG have allowed the defender to travel to London after receiving a £30m bid, Sky Sports understand that the French champions are hoping to squeeze out a few more millions from Roman Abramovich.
Having paid £50m for the defender - a record that still stands for a defender - PSG do not want to make a £20m loss on Luiz. You might wonder what’s £20m to a club that is amongst the richest in football, but perhaps it’s just a matter of dignity.
Where will Luiz play?
United had to suck it up when they paid £89m for Paul Pogba earlier this month, after allowing the Frenchman to leave for a £800,000 compensation fee four years ago.
And, with time running out, PSG might have to do the same.
Chelsea fans have been speculating where Luiz will fit in Conte’s starting XI - if he is to start. There’s some excitement at the thought of him playing in front of the defence, where he can maraud forward, but it’s unlikely the Italian will want to sacrifice the sturdiness that N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic provide.
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