Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) center-back David Luiz will not be making his return to former club Chelsea this summer. The Brazil international has decided to stay with the French champions instead of moving back to the English Premier League (EPL).
It was being reported that Luiz needed to hand in a transfer request to the club in order to initiate his move back to Chelsea. However, so late into the transfer market, it is unlikely to happen, as reported by Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard.
Looks like David Luiz will have to hand in a transfer request for return to #cfc to happen. Unlikely at this stage
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) August 31, 2016
Meanwhile, Lee Clayton of Daily Mail has tweeted a contrasting report. He claims that both the clubs are in the negotiation process. A bid of $42 million has been rejected by PSG, but they are not miles apart from agreeing a deal. A transfer fee worth around $52 million could be enough for the deal to go through.
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) August 31, 2016
It has to be noted that Chelsea sold Luiz to PSG for around $65.73 million in 2014.
One of the primary targets for Chelsea this summer, heading into the transfer window was to bring in a new center-back at the club, which they have failed to do until now. This will be a huge concern since the club conceded 53 goals in the Premier League last season.
35-year-old John Terry is still the club’s first-choice center-back beside Gary Cahill. It is extremely important for the Blues to bring in a player who could replace Terry for the future.
However, if Chelsea is unable to sign David Luiz on the summer transfer deadline day, it could be a blessing in disguise. The 29-year-old has amazing stats to his name, but most are applicable for a good central midfielder. In terms of a center-back the player makes occasional errors as he lacks proper concentration.
David Luiz: Of players to attempt 50+ dribbles in the last 2 Ligue 1 seasons, only Diarra (84%) has better success than @DavidLuiz_4 (76%)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 30, 2016
In the French Ligue 1, those errors don’t have huge implications as PSG is extremely dominant in the league. However, those could get heavily exposed in the Premier League.
With the transfer deadline day set to close in a few hours, Chelsea has to act extremely fast, if they want to bring in a new center-back at the club.
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