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When Paris Saint-Germain announced that they had reached an agreement with Chelsea for the purchase of central defender David Luiz for a fee believed to be an initial £40 million prior to this World Cup there was some consternation across the world of football.
However, that was nothing compared to the reaction following Brazil’s humiliating exit from the tournament after a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of eventual champions Germany, a contest in which a tearful and error-prone Luiz captained the host nation.
In fact, had the west London club not been able to finalise the big-money deal before that semi-final clash, one wonders whether the 27-year-old would be a PSG player, so woeful was his display at the heart of the Selecao’s back four that night in Belo Horizonte.
But instead, the mega-rich Ligue 1 champions made the centre-back the most expensive defender in the history of football on a five-year deal that could ultimately cost the club as much as £50 million, depending on certain add-ons.
Need I say anymore?