Following the reported £40 million deal that would see the Brazilian heading to Paris, is it time to believe Jose Mourinho's youth policy?
10th June, 2013. Jose Mourinho's first press conference in his second spell as manager of Chelsea. Aside from converting himself from 'The Special One' to 'The Happy One', the 51-year old also laid down his plans to form a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, something he has done much to affirm as the season has drawn on.
Speaking in December, Mourinho was quoted in CNN saying that he opted for a return to Chelsea as the 'project' was something he intended to see through.
He said: "I'm here because I love this club and I love the pressure. It's a different project for me and that's why I'm here."
The first step that Mourinho undertook in his project was the cementing of Oscar as the primary number 10 in his team, the central playmaker to build the squad around. The fallout of this was, of course, the loss of two-time club Player of the Year Juan Mata to Manchester United, a deal which all but secured Oscar's future, as well as alleviating the strains of Financial Fair Play.
Many saw the sale of Mata to be a mistake, with a lack of creativity in the late stages of the season confirming this error. A fatiguing Oscar struggled to make an impact, and with Eden Hazard injured, the Blues struggled to break down deep-sitting defences.
However, the deal was the first step in the Portuguese coaches dynasty, as he instilled his philosophy, and player choices, on a team where previous managers have had a notorious lack of control over on-pitch matters.
And now, the potential sale of Brazilian defender David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain is just another step in the search for ceaseless success.
A £40 million deal would once again free up transfer funds in the wake of FFP, and with a deal for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa on the cards, the in-out deal represents a perfect move for Mourinho; the loss of an unfavoured player and the inclusion of a much-needed striker.
Aside from the Costa deal, it has been suggested that Mourinho does not intend to complete any more business, telling reporters that "Everything was done during the season."
This apparent lack of squad manipulation is the making of a dynasty if there ever was one.
Four replacements for Luiz already exist amongst the Chelsea ranks, as Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas have come off successful seasons, and French defender Kurt Zouma is set to arrive this summer, having been signed earlier this year. Danish 18-year old defender Andreas Christensen is hoping for a first team role next season as well, although it can be believed that he will behind Zouma and Kalas next season.
A number of the successful Chelsea FA Youth Cup and Under-21 Premier League winning teams can fulfil a role in midfield, a position Luiz revelled in this season, with Lewis Baker and John Swift making first-team debuts this season, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek set for stardom.
Swift has drawn comparisons with Blues legend Frank Lampard in the process of scoring 18 goals across the Under-19 and Under-18 age groups, whilst Baker contributed 11 goals in 20 under-21 appearances, as he co-captained his teammates to Under-21 Premier League success.
Many coaches and fans have tipped this current crop of Chelsea youngsters for future success, and Mourinho's recent moves suggest he is set to be the catalyst for this success.