David Luiz is on his way to France. Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have settled on a transfer fee said to be in the region of £40 million (€50m), and after having a medical and agreeing personal terms, the Brazil international will become a PSG player.
When the transfer becomes official, it will make the 27-year-old the most expensive defensive signing. Largely a centre-back, Luiz featured as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho in the 2013-14 campaign so PSG will get two players in one.
While Luiz is without a doubt a brilliant player despite his howlers from time to time , is he worth £40m? Remember, Thiago Silva, his Brazilian compatriot who most people would say is the best centre-back in the world, cost PSG £36m when they signed him from AC Milan in the summer of 2012.
Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tom Cairney is certainly of the opinion that PSG paid too much for Luiz. The 23-year-old former Hull City player made his thoughts on the fee clear on social networking site Twitter.
He's a good player no doubt about it... But 50million for David Luiz jheeeze.. Seems abit steep!! Bet he's not complaining tho— Cairney14 (@ThomasCairney) May 23, 2014
Cairney is not the only figure from the footballing community to express his amazement at how much PSG are paying for Luiz. England legend Gary Lineker posted something similar on his Twitter page.
David Luiz: £50m!!! The world of football is nonsensical.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 23, 2014
While PSG may have paid over the top for Luiz, there can be little doubt that they are getting an experienced and proven player. Since his move from Benfica to Chelsea in January 2011, he has established himself as a key player for the Blues and played important roles in their FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League triumphs.
PSG are determined to win the Champions League next season, having reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition two years in a row. The Ligue 1 champions believe that someone like Luiz will bring that winning mentality. However, paying £40m for the Brazilian does look, as Cairney says, “a bit steep”.