On this day in 2016, David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris St Germain in a hectic transfer deadline day in a £32million deal.
Antonio Conte’s desperation to bolster his defensive resources in the summer of 2016 saw the Blues turn to a familiar face as the transfer deadline loomed.
Brazil international Luiz had made 143 appearances for the club in his first spell after arriving from Benfica in January 2011 for £21m, collecting medals in the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
An accomplished footballer but not always the most determined defender, he left Stamford Bridge in June 2014 when Paris St Germain agreed a £50million deal to take him to the Parc des Princes.
Luiz’s two campaigns in France were also trophy-rich – he won two French Ligue 1 titles, two Coupes de France, two Coupes de la Ligue and two Trophees des Champions – but when Chelsea called for the second time, he wasn’t straight successful matter of conviction.
Conte, who replaced interim manager Guus Hiddink nearly two months earlier, had endured a frustrating summer trying to land defensive goals, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – who eventually joined Chelsea in July this year – and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli remained tantalizingly out of reach .
However, with 29-year-old Luiz facing stiffer competition at PSG from Marquinhos and Thiago Silva – another future Blues recruit – the offer of regular football at a club where he was so successful proved too good, to resist him.
He said at the time: “I’m delighted to be returning to Chelsea. We had a fantastic history during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.”
Luiz’s return came the same day as full-back Marcos Alonso signed from Fiorentina for around £23m – the club had previously landed N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi and Eduardo – and winger Juan Cuadrado joined Juventus on a three-year loan.
He made a further 105 appearances and added a Premier League title, another FA Cup and a second Europa League success before making a surprise £8million move to Arsenal in August 2019 after talks with then-manager and former team-mate Frank Lampard.
The 35-year-old currently plays football with Flamengo in Brazil’s Serie A.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/david-luiz-brazil-stamford-bridge-paris-st-germain-benfica-b2156269.html On this day in 2016: David Luiz makes a return to Chelsea on Deadline Day