With the fee said to be significantly more than what the west Londoners paid for the versatile South American, financially the switch makes sense for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Although Luiz is a unique player who offers versatility to the Chelsea squad, selling him, especially for so much money, is the correct choice.
The ex-Benfica man is largely a central defender but has also operated in defensive midfield for the Blues over his stint at Stamford Bridge.
In defence, Chelsea already have Kurt Zouma to add to the squad ahead of next season, while the side are well-equipped to cope in that position.
It is likely that John Terry will agree a contract extension to stay at the club, while Gary Cahill has cemented his place as an important member of the first team.
With Tomas Kalas showing in his solitary appearance against Liverpool his significant potential and Branislav Ivanovic able to switch from the flank to play centrally seamlessly, Chelsea have enough central defenders.
Although the Blues do not currently have as many options in central midfield, that is likely to change.
Nemanja Matic is an impressive star that will always command a starting berth, with Ramires an option alongside him.
Although Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel’s futures are up in the air, the return of Marco van Ginkel from injury allows the side another option.
With Frank Lampard being released by the club, it is extremely likely that the west London side will be signing another high-profile midfielder and as such Luiz’s absence will not overly be felt.
When Mourinho returned to the club last summer, there were a number of players who were omitted initially, maybe somewhat surprisingly – and Luiz was one of them.
Juan Mata was another and he has since been sold; the Portuguese manager will not lose much sleep about Luiz leaving the club either.