Catching many a journo off-guard this transfer deadline day, Chelsea have announced that Brazilian international David Luiz has returned to Stamford Bridge from PSG, in a three-year deal worth around £32m.
Welcome back, @DavidLuiz_4!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 31, 2016
Having joined the Stamford Bridge outfit back in January 2011 from Benfica for £21.3m, the fleet footed centre half claimed a Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup winners medal all before being sold on to PSG for an astronomical £50m.
After a similarly trophy laden career across the channel however, it seems the wacky Brazilians first team opportunities were about to become at a premium with fellow South Americans Marquinhos and Thiago Silva being named new boss Unai Emery’s preferred centre half double team.
It’s believed that after failing to bring in defensive targets such as AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibal, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte plumped for the former Blues player to give his side some extra steel at the back.
Undoubtedly talented as he is, what with his rocket of a free-kick and all, we’ve always been wary of the players potential for a cataclysmic error. Perhaps Conte has some ironing out to do, no?