David Luiz close to completing record £40m move to PSG from Chelsea

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David Luiz close to completing record £40m move to PSG from Chelsea

Chelsea are in advanced talks
with Paris St Germain over the
sale of David Luiz to the Ligue 1
champions with the fee for the
Brazilian expected to top the
£40m mark, a record for a
defender. Discussions between the
clubs are on-going and an
agreement is anticipated well
before the start of the World Cup.
David Luiz, a £23.5m signing from
Benfica in January 2011, has
claimed the Champions League
and Europa League with Chelsea
but found himself something of a
stop-gap at both centre-half and in
defensive midfield last season. At
27, and with the likes of Barcelona
and Bayern Munich also long-
standing admirers, he represents
a saleable asset for the London
club as they seek to comply with
Uefa’s financial fair play
The sale to PSG, who are more
bullish about maintaining their
lavish spending of recent years,
would grant José Mourinho more
leeway in the market this summer
to strengthen his squad in other
areas. The Spain forward Diego
Costa is expected to join from
Atlético Madrid for £31.8m,
reflecting the buy-out clause in
his current contract at Vicente
Calderon, while there is interest in
securing a second striker with
Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic
admired. Chelsea are also seeking
a left-back to replace the out-
going Ashley Cole, with Sevilla’s
Alberto Moreno and Filipe Luis at
Atlético tracked.
Mourinho boasts cover at centre-
half where John Terry has signed
on for a further season , Gary
Cahill has excelled, and Branislav
Ivanovic can perform. The
youngsters Tomas Kalas – who
played in the wins at Liverpool
and Cardiff towards the end of
last season – and Kurt Zouma,
who was signed mid-season from
St Etienne and remained at the
French club for the rest of the
campaign, will also seek first-team
involvement, meaning David
Luiz’s role would most likely have
come in midfield. There, too,
Chelsea boast numbers with
Nemanja Matic to be first-choice
holding midfielder next term.
PSG are willing to match Chelsea’s
valuation of the Brazilian,
conscious as they are of Bayern
and Barca’s interest in the player,
with the president Nasser al-
Khelaifi and the sporting director,
Olivier Létang, intent upon
securing the player. David Luiz
could undertake his medical for
the French club at Brazil’s pre-
World Cup training camp. Yet
PSG’s on-going interest in Eden
Hazard will be rebuffed by the
Londoners. The former Lille
forward has been a long-term
target for the French club’s
owners, Qatari Sports
Investments, with the manager
Laurent Blanc reaffirming his
admiration for the Belgium
international this week.
“You can talk about everything –
from systems to individual or
collective qualities – but if you
have a player who is capable of
taking three or four players out of
the game at any moment, that’s
something else,” said Blanc. “You
never know what to expect from
players like that. They unnerve
opponents. But I can love a player
all I want while knowing very
well that I may not get him.”
Asked if there was an alternative
target to Hazard if that pursuit is
knocked back, he added: “Of
course. There’s also a plan C.
We’ll focus on the specific areas
of the team we want to
strengthen and come up with
three possible solutions, all while
knowing that we want to go with
Plan A.”

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