Paris Saint-Germain has reached a deal with Chelsea for David Luiz to move back to the London club and he arrived in London earlier this week ahead of his surprise move.
It is thought that Chelsea has paid £30 million for the player but personal terms are still to be agreed and it is expected that the deal will be for three years with an option for a fourth year.
Luiz arrived into London’s St Pancras station earlier in the week and it is understood that the only reason the deal has been reached is that the player himself is eager to return to Chelsea.
He was in Paris at the beginning of the week when it was announced that PSG had rejected Chelsea’s offer for him. He then went to both PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and their sporting director Leonardo to persuade them to let him move.
PSG had already turned down approaches from Chelsea for both Luiz and his Brazilian teammate Marquinhos and told them that neither defender was for sale. However, Chelsea released a statement on Wednesday evening announcing that they have agreed terms with PSG for the move of Luiz back to London.
The new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte made it clear that a centre-back was the top of his priority list. However, his moves for Alessio Romangnoli at AC Milan and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli fell through leaving him to look elsewhere.
Luiz left Stamford Bridge for France two years ago for £50 million, the world record fee for a defender. Chelsea first bought Luiz in January 2011 from Benfica for a fee of £21 million. During his three year stay at the team he made 143 appearances in all competitions and scored 12 goals.