Paris Saint-Germain have flexed their financial muscles again, and ironically this time it is another wealthy club that has benefited. The French champions have completed the purchase of center back David Luiz from Chelsea for a reported fee of at least 40 million pounds, with some reports suggesting the figure is closer to 50 million pounds. No matter what the final number is determined to be, it is clear that Chelsea got fantastic value for Luiz.
This transfer makes Luiz the most expensive defender in the world, and he will be paired with fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva in PSG’s back line, the man who previously held the record for largest transfer for a defender. Luiz is a good player, but it is a major stretch to think that he is worth this kind of money.
Luiz was unable to find regular playing time as a defender for Chelsea, spending most of his time on the pitch as a midfielder. With John Terry and Gary Cahill set to be the regular center back pairing again, it didn’t appear much would change for Luiz. Tomas Kalas and Kurt Zouma could see expanded opportunities next season in the defense, while Chelsea have plenty of midfielders to handle the deep lying role that Luiz occasionally filled.
Equally important here is Financial Fair Play. Chelsea have been toeing the line, and there was concern that their reported agreement for Diego Costa would leave them in a tight spot. However, the sale of Luiz has covered the cost of Costa, allowing Chelsea to move forward with their transfer plans without having to worry about UEFA’s regulations. For PSG, this seems to be a step in the wrong direction for a club that was already punished for violating FFP, so it will be interesting to see how they proceed for the rest of the summer.
Chelsea should consider themselves very fortunate here, because they were able to get excellent value for a player who wasn’t crucial to their success. This was simply too good an offer to pass up, and it should benefit Chelsea moving forward in the transfer window.