It had only been six days since Thiago Silva held aloft l’Hexagoal for a consecutive season and the second biggest deal in the club’s history is all but complete. Last Friday it emerged that Chelsea defender David Luiz was subject of intense interest from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazil international who had been linked for a number of months, had seen his odds on arriving to the French capital suspended by a number of bookmakers. Low and behold as the hours passed on Friday, with reports of a medical taking place in Rio de Janeiro (Luiz being in Brazil with his national team) Les Parisiens released a statement confirming that the player was on his way to the club after reaching an agreement with Chelsea.
Without question, it is one of the most escalated deals in the recent history of the club and one which will make Luiz the most expensive defender in world football. He will cost an eye watering €49.5m. Ironically, it was he who scored an own goal in our favour back in April when we beat Jose Mourinho’s side 3-1 in the first-leg of that infamous Champions League quarter-final. Despite enduring a torrid time on that night, Luiz could not hide his delight at coming to the Parc des Princes. On the back of PSG’s statement, he released one himself in which he said;
Thanks Chelsea for the three and half years of great partnership. I’ve made good friends, won many titles and those memories will last with me forever. I’d like to thank my team mates, all the staff and all the supporters (my geezers). I’m leaving with great sadness but at the same time excited for the new challenge that lies ahead in this great club in a city that have always enchanted me. It’s a new stage, new challenge and together we will go even further. Allez Paris!
The player without question wanted the move and PSG stated that due to Luiz’s immediate desire to get a deal done, they agreed it with The Blues as quickly as possible.
It is amazing however that a week prior many questions were posed over FFP and the repercussions it would have. As we know, there is a cap on player wages – meaning players must leave in order to come in. Well, coach Laurent Blanc said before the Luiz news that stalwart Alex would most probably leave as a new contract had not been agreed. There gives a valid reason for Luiz’s arrival to replace a defender that has contributed so much in his two and half years at the club. That move to Milan looks all the more likely now.
But, the future over young defender Marquinhos – another Brazilian – is in doubt as well upon this record breaking deal. Having been third choice since arriving from Roma, it appears he is in the same boat again this forthcoming campaign. The 20-year-old says he is pleased a player of Luiz’s ilk is arriving but at the same time he worries about his position; “I have to say that David is a friend. He’s a great lad and a great player. Besides, I think he made the right choice by committing to PSG but when you see players like David Luiz arrive, it will be even harder for me”.
Reports on Sunday claim that FC Barcelona are interested in Marquinhos. It is no secret that the Catalans need a world class central defender to replace the departing Carlos Puyol. The Luiz fee is mind boggling but if reports are true that Barca have been holding talks with Marquinhos, that fee may make more sense. It is an interesting situation however. Alex’s future was always up in the air but all of a sudden we have doubts over a defender who only arrived last summer for a huge amount of money.
FFP was always going to have an impact on dealings in the market this summer but who would have thought it would happen so suddenly?
Luiz arriving is another brash statement from the club. But one or two eyebrows have been raised at the sum of money being outpoured for his services and rightfully so. He is versatile by being able to play a holding role in midfield so that is a major plus. Perhaps that come into the club’s thinking, especially with Motta not getting any younger. Nevertheless, he has been primarily bought as a centre-back to partner him with his Selecao teammate Thiago Silva which looks beautiful on paper.
Still, many questions to be answered over the coming weeks but Les Parisiens are certainly not treading on eggshells despite the FFP sanctions coming into play.
David Luiz will officially become a PSG player on the 10th June.