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

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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

regulations.

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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