Chelsea has agreed to terms to re-sign Brazil defender David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs announced on Wednesday.
In what is seen as a last minute effort by new Blues boss Antonio Conte to bring in a much needed body at the back, the Chelsea hierarchy has sanctioned a move for Luiz who was deemed surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho.
Luiz was sold to PSG for a world record fee for a defender when he joined the French club for £50 million ($65 million, 58 million euros) in 2014.
But the 29-year-old was in danger of losing his place to compatriot Marquinhos this season and with new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte desperate for defensive reinforcements, the Blues have agreed to bring him back to Stamford Bridge for a reported £32 million.
A Statement on the club website says:
“Chelsea Football Club and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms for the transfer of David Luiz back to London, The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.”
Chelsea started the new season with only captain John Terry and Gary Cahill as the only recognized centre-halves at the club with Branislav Ivanovic the only other option to play centre back.
The club is also said to be in the market for a left back to provide competition for Cesar Azpilicueta.
The London Club have seemingly failed to land her prime target Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli. Bids for Alessio Romagnoli of AC Milan were also turned down.
These failures have left the club scrambling to bring in defenders before the European transfer window shuts tonight.
This summer transfer window has been described as “strange” by many top flight British Managers due to the inflation of prices when English clubs are involved.
Chelsea first signed Luiz in January 2011 from Benfica for £21m.
In his three-year stay in west London, Luiz made 143 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.