Chelsea's £30m move for David Luiz hits stumbling block

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Chelsea are desperate to sign a new centre-back, that much is certain, but no one quite expected them to try resigning David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain.

In one of this summer's most shocking developments, the Blues lodged a £30 million bid for the Brazilian on Tuesday night having allowed him to leave for the Parc des Princes two years ago for a mammoth £50 million.

This was according to Transfer Deadline Day legend Jim White, who tweeted that discussions were ongoing and that Luiz was keen on a return.


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The Telegraph's Matt Law then waded in with his own take on the situation and, somewhat boldly, said the complete opposite and insisted a bid hadn't been made.

It really is anyone's guess what will happen on the final day of the transfer window.

L'Equipe have now entered the fray and based on their report on Luiz's future, per Paris-based ESPN correspondant Jonathan Johnson (see below), it would seem the eccentric centre-back is staying put and won't force a move.

According to the French daily - whose words we are able to loosly translate - Chelsea's bid was "rejected by the champions of France, who told the English club they did not wish to separate from the player".

It's claimed that whilst manager Unai Emery trusts Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at the back, he doesn't want to jeopardize his side's squad depth by selling a player within the final 24 hours of the window.

Understandable, of course.

L'Equipe then add that Luiz will respect PSG's decision, whatever it may be - even if it does mean staying in Paris for the foreseeable future.

The Brazil international's desire to rejoin Chelsea marks an interesting turn in events given how, as mentioned, he only left them two years ago.

He became a fan favourite in west London during his three-year stay but upon signing for PSG, the 29-year-old expressed his delight at joining such a "big club".

Luiz said in 2014: "Right from the very first contact I had with Paris St-Germain, I was very happy.

"It's a big club with a great history. It's a new step in my life and I'm impatient to play for Paris and show what I can do."

Ultimately, Luiz might feel that he's won everything he possibly can in the French capital having helped PSG along to successive Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue triumphs.

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