Paris Saint-Germain are the first club to start throwing the cash around as they are set to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz for a reported £40m.
The deal is worth around twice what Chelsea paid for Brazilian star two and a half years ago, and will become the most expensive fee dished out for a defender – beating PSG’s own record of £36m for fellow Brazilian international Thiago Silva.
For Chelsea, £40m for a player who only started 15 Premier League games last season represents an excellent piece of business, especially considering Chelsea’s depth in central defence.
With just a reported medical and personal terms standing in the way of a deal, the biggest question mark will be the amount paid for the 27-year-old.
There is no doubting David Luiz’s ability, but is he worth £40m? Pundit Gary Lineker certainly doesn’t think so, and the former Tottenham Hotspur striker has mocked PSG’s decision to pay such a hefty price by calling the deal nonsensical on Twitter.
David Luiz: £50m!!! The world of football is nonsensical.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) Mayo 23, 2014
David Luiz played 143 games for Chelsea in all competitions, and helped the club win an FA Cup and Champions League double in 2012 before adding the Europa League crown a year later.
Despite leaving a tightly-formed Brazilian contingent in West London, David Luiz will end up joining up with a number of other international teammates as Thaigo Silva, Maxwell, Alex, Marquinhos and Manchester United linked star Lucas Moura currently ply their trade in the French capital.
As for Jose Mourinho, with an extra £40m in the transfer kitty, it may make a summer deal to bring in the much-coveted Atletico Madrid goal machine Diego Costa a much easier ride than expected.