Last night Paris Saint-Germain confirmed an agreement with Chelsea to sign Brazilian defender David Luiz for a reported €50million this summer. The deal won’t be completed until the transfer window opens on June 10 and it will make him the most expensive defender in football.
The move has sent confusing signals all through the PSG camp. Fans are not quite sure why the Ligue 1 champions have made the move and it casts a doubt on the future of some of their young talent. It also begs the question as to who is in charge of the Parisians recruitment this summer.
David Luiz is the defensive partner of PSG captain Thiago Silva when they play for their country, and it further strengthens the rumour that Silva has significant weight in what deals the club make.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho fell down the pecking order due to his inability to communicate with Brazilians Silva, Alex and Marquinhos, the Brazilian captain refused to learn French, so it made his partnership with Sakho difficult to maintain, and now PSG risk losing young star Marquinhos with the arrival of Luiz.
Next season it was all set for veteran Alex to leave on a free and Marquinhos would push for a bigger role in the side, now David Luiz will become the partner of Silva and keep Marquinhos as a substitute.
To make things worse for the 20-year-old, stories have emerged that there is a chance that Alex will remain at the club for another year, making Marquinhos the fourth choice centre-back at the club.
In his first season in Paris, Marquinhos made 17 starts last season, and also impressed in the Champions League. The arrival of David Luiz will reduce the chances of the former Roma player earning enough time to develop, and could increase his desire to leave in order to find first-team football.
Marquinhos is arguably already a better defender than David Luiz, and it would be a disaster for the Parisians if they lost out on one of the game’s best young prospects just to sign a defender for £40million.