David Luiz: Masterstroke or a £34 million waste of money?

The 2016 summer transfer window has unconventionally turned out to be one nostalgic reunion party in most of the major leagues around Europe.

Alvaro Morata returned to the Bernabeu, Mario Gotze to the Yellow Wall, but perhaps the one that hogged all the headlines was Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United- which made him the most expensive signing of all-time at £89 million.

The final hours preceding the close of the transfer window were not devoid of surprises, but what was perhaps the biggest talk of the night was the re-signing of David Luiz by Chelsea.

The Blues confirmed re-signing the defender for £34 million, just two years after selling him to French giants Paris St. Germain for a whopping £50 million- the highest amount ever paid for a defender.

His latest return to the Bridge will see him ply his craft for the next three years under the guardianship of Antonio Conte- who for the longest time has been a huge admirer of the Brazilian.


Early life

Born David Luiz Moreira Marinho on 27 April 1987, in Diadema, Brazil, he spent his youth career with Sao Paulo and later Vitoria whence he earned his first senior debut.

In 2007, Luiz moved to Benfica on a season-long loan spell which translated into a permanent transfer after breaking into the first team.

He spent four years with the Portuguese side before joining Chelsea for the first time in 2011.

He was sold by Jose Mourinho in 2014, but has most recently been re-signed after two seasons in the French capital.

Since 2011, David Luiz has cost clubs £100 million in purchase price, making his the most expensive defender in the modern game.


Can he do it all again?

A double European winner [Champions League and Europa League] and an FA Cup holder during his first stint, – can he do it all again for the Blues?

Well, David Luiz is quite the prized asset.

Save for being a top drawer defender, the 29-year old can be both on the starting and finishing end of a set-piece.

An exquisite free-kick taker and an accomplished header of the leather, he is quite rightly Chelsea’s signing of the summer alongside N’Golo Kante.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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