Luiz spent three successful years at Stamford
Bridge following his move from Benfica back in
2011, winning the FA Cup, the Champions League
and Europa League. Despite that though, his risky
style of play was heavily criticised in some
quarters, as he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain
for £50 million in 2014.
Since then Chelsea have been very reliant on the
duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill in the heart of
their defence, with Kurt Zouma waiting in the
wings, but new boss Antonio Conte wanted to
strengthen his options in that area throughout the
summer window.
The Italian recruited Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo
Kante early in his reign, but his pursuit of a
centre-back proved problematic, chasing the
likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci
with little to no success. However with time
running out, the club surprised the football world
by making their move for Luiz.
The 29-year-old returned to west London in a £32
million deal on deadline day (via the Daily Mail ),
reuniting with his old teammate Essien, who’s
currently training with Conte’s men as he
searches for a new club.
Luiz was an ever-present for PSG this term prior
to the move, averaging six defensive actions-per-
game and winning 55% of his average duels in
three Ligue 1 appearances, with an average pass
accuracy of 93%.
Next up for Chelsea after the international break is
an away clash at Swansea City, before they take
on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge the following