If PSG deal goes ahead, David Luiz's transfer will see him cost more than Radamel Falcao, Sergio Aguero and the Brazilian Ronaldo.
Reports suggest World Cup-bound defender David Luiz is set to leave Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain for €49.5million.
Not only would this make the Brazilian the most expensive defender of all time, leading ex-England international Rio Ferdinand’s €44.8million deal and compatriot Thiago Silva’s €42million acquisition, but it would catapult him into the Top 15 European transfers of all time.
|Rank||Name||Signed from||Signed by||GBP||EURO||Year|
|1–2||Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur||Real Madrid||£78–85.3||€91–100||2013|
|1–2||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||Real Madrid||£80||€94||2009|
|3||Zinedine Zidane||Juventus||Real Madrid||£46||€75||2001|
|4||Zlatan Ibrahimović||Inter Milan||Barcelona||£59||€69||2009|
|5||Kaká||A.C. Milan||Real Madrid||£56||€65||2009|
|6||Edinson Cavani||Napoli||Paris Saint-Germain||£55||€64||2013|
|7||Luís Figo||Barcelona||Real Madrid||£37||€62||2000|
|8||Radamel Falcao||Atlético Madrid||AS Monaco||£51||€60||2013|
|12||Carlos Tevez||Manchester United||Manchester City||£47||€53||2009|
|13||Mesut Özil||Real Madrid||Arsenal||£42.4||€50||2013|
If Luiz swaps London for Paris, the transfer fee will be higher than notable recent deals including Cesc Fabregas’s move to Barcelona (€40million), Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United (€44.8million), and Hulk’s move to Zenit St Petersburg (€45million) to name a few. It even just edges Radamel Falcao’s short stay in Madrid (€47million) and Sergio Aguero’s transfer to Manchester City (€45million) in 2011.
Just above Luiz in the chart is Arsenal signing Mesut Özil after his €50million move from Real Madrid last summer.
Is Luiz relatively worth such a staggering fee? Do his Chelsea and Brazil performances merit his ranking among the world’s best?
Not many players divide public opinion quite like Luiz. Gary Neville famously described a performance as “controlled by a 10-year-old on a Playstation,”- attempting to capture his erratic, ill-disciplined yet extraordinary style, however, he does evidently possess the talent to attract such a high profile bid.
At 27, he is potentially entering his prime. If Paris Saint-Germain can tame the Brazilian and discover his best suited position, whether it is simply centre-back or perhaps anchoring the midfield, they might unearth one of the best players of a generation.