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When Paris Saint-Germain announced just prior to this summer’s World Cup that they had reached an agreement with Chelsea for the purchase of central defender David Luiz for a fee believed to be an initial £40m, there were 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, then one wonders whether the 27-year-old would now 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 after landing the shaggy-haired Luiz on a five-year deal that could ultimately cost the Parisian club as much as £50m depending on certain add-ons.
Need I say anymore…?