David Luiz is having a medical with Paris Saint-Germain staff ahead of the sensational deal that will cost the French superpower close to £50million.
The transfer of the 27-year-old Chelsea star will be the world’s most expensive for a defender, beating the previous two highest fees – both paid by PSG, for Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.
PSG representatives have flown out to Brazil to complete the medical at the World Cup hosts’ training base.
Farewell: David Luiz waves to the crowd at a World Cup event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday
Pointing to the sky: Chelsea star Luiz has played his last game for the club and will cost PSG close to £50m
PSG believe they are capturing one of the most stylish defensive players in the world and they are flexing their financial muscle again in what will be the first major transfer of a busy World Cup summer.
The previous best deal received by an English club for a defender was when Rio Ferdinand left Leeds for Manchester United for £30m 12 years ago. This deal will dwarf that British record transfer.
Sources in Paris have confirmed PSG had to move quickly to beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich which may explain the size of the fee they were prepared to pay.
Chelsea will use the money to rebuild their squad next season, with Diego Costa top of their wishlist.
Their decision to sell comes quickly after John Terry agreed a new contract. Terry will play alongside Gary Cahill next season.
Luiz will play at centre half for Brazil in the World Cup but he can also play as a holding midfielder.
TOP 10: Most expensive defenders (£)
1. Thiago Silva (AC Milan to PSG) – 35.3m
2. Marquinhos (Roma to PSG) – 30.1m
3. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Man United) – 30m
4. Alessandro Nesta (Lazio to AC Milan) 26.1m
5. Pepe (Porto to Real Madrid) – 25.2m
6. Fabio Coentrao (Benfica to Real) – 25.2m
7. Dani Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona) – 23.5m
8. Lillian Thuram (Parma to Juventus) – 22m
9. David Luiz (Benfica to Chelsea) – 21.3m
10. Ricardo Carvalho (Porto to Chelsea) – 20m
Head to head: Luiz and Edinson Cavani come together during the Champions League quarter-final between PSG and Chelsea in April – and the two could be team-mates next season
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