Chelsea have made a sensational £32million move to bring David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge.
The Brazil international left for Paris Saint-Germain in June 2014 for £50m – a world record fee for a defender – yet he is ready to return to London in a surprise transfer.
Chelsea have grown increasingly frustrated in their search for a new centre back after seeing bids turned down for Alessio Romagnoli at AC Milan and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
David Luiz could be set for a return to Chelsea as the west London club eye a £32m move
DAVID LUIZ’S CAREER SO FAR
2006-2007: Vitoria 2007: Benfica (loan) 2007-2011: Benfica 2011-2014: Chelsea 2014-present: Paris Saint-Germain
They were also rebuffed after making initial enquiries to bring in Luiz’s PSG team-mate Marquinhos last week but have been given encouragement that Luiz could be allowed to go.
The colourful spring-haired 29-year-old came in for criticism last week after giving away a penalty in PSG’s defeat to Monaco and was taken off by coach Unai Emery.
However, Chelsea believe Antonio Conte can get the best out of Luiz who can play in a back three or in front of a back four, alongside N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea are also closing on a £23m deal for Fiorentina left back Marcos Alonso.
Antonio Conte is looking for a new centre back and Brazilian Luiz (left) fits the brief