David Luiz was a huge personality and became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge before his move to PSG in 2014. £50M was a great bit of business back then and buying him back for £32m represents another great move especially if you look at John Stones going to Man City for £49m.
He wasn’t the target as it is well known that Chelsea fought long and hard to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, but the Italian club resisted, slapping a huge price tag on the 25 year old Senegalese international.
But Luiz isn’t a bad alternative.
He has history at the club playing in the CL final amongst other big games, winning silverware there too. A big game player with experience of playing at the highest level, both domestically and internationally, he will also avoid the problems of bedding in given that he has played in England before and was only away for 2 years.
He’s a talented footballer but questions still remain about him as a defender due to the risks he takes and the lapses in concentration that can, and have lead to goals conceded in the past.
How and where he will play is the question though. Will he be used in a 2? In a 3? Potentially the signing of Luiz gives Chelsea the option to move to a back 3 with Luiz as the sweeper. It may not happen immediately but the signing at least gives Chelsea, despite Conte not using the formation since taking over at Chelsea.
The move now raises questions over John Terry and Gary Cahill, as Kurt Zouma should be a starter when he returns.