Paris Saint-Germain kicked off this summer’s big-money spending spree by announcing the £50million signing of Brazilian centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea last month.
It was an incredible piece of business from the Blues’ standpoint as the 27-year-old was often seen as surplus to requirements by boss Jose Mourinho.
Throughout last season, Luiz only featured 19 times for Chelsea in the Premier League as English centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill were the number one pairing.
One has to question why it took a world-record fee for a defender of £50million to prise him away from the Stamford Bridge outfit, yet Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc hinted that it was money well spent.
"He was one of our priorities. He is a player with plenty of experience, he knows how to play at the highest level. He performed for several clubs in Europe and won the Champions League. He is also an essential piece for the Selecao Brazil,” he told L’equipe.
“This is a player who will take us to the next level in the quality of our collective and these types of reinforcements interest us.”
“You ought to know where he is going and what efforts were made get him. Many clubs wanted to take him and that's very good symbolically that this club has managed to secure a deal."
Luiz has so far been one of the standout players at this summer’s World Cup and FIFA officially named him in the top three performers during the group phase.
While he may not leave a gaping hole in Chelsea’s first-team next season, his presence and influence around fellow Brazilian stars Ramires, Willian and Oscar will undoubtedly be missed.