Chelsea and PSG agreed deal for Luiz transfer
High-spending Paris club will make Brazilian world's most expensive defender
Agence France-Presse in London
David Luiz is on the verge of joining Paris St Germain after Chelsea revealed they have agreed a deal to sell the Brazil defender to the French champions.
Luiz's move is reported to be worth a world record fee for a defender of £50 million (HK$653 million) and the transfer will be rubber-stamped once he has agreed personal terms and passed a medical.
"Chelsea Football Club and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms for the transfer of David Luiz to the French club," a statement on Chelsea's website announced.
PSG representatives are believed to have flown out to Brazil to complete Luiz's medical at the World Cup hosts' training base on Friday.
The French club's willingness to shatter the record for a defender was motivated by their desire to seal a deal before Barcelona or Bayern Munich could swoop for the centre-back.
PSG claim the formalities of the deal will be completed on June 10 to ensure Luiz can concentrate on the forthcoming World Cup.
A statement on the PSG website confirmed the agreement.
"In accordance with the player's wish to prepare for and play in the World Cup in his home country in the best possible conditions, both clubs and David Luiz wished to reach an agreement as soon as possible … in order to formalise the transfer as soon as the transfer window opens," it said.
The hefty price convinced Chelsea to off-load Luiz, who was primarily used in a defensive midfield role by manager Jose Mourinho after being unable to break up the central defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Luiz, who joined the west Londoners from Benfica for £21.3 million in January 2011, made only 19 appearances in the Premier League in the season just finished, although he did help Chelsea eliminate PSG from the Champions League quarter-finals.
The healthy profit Chelsea have made on Luiz's sale is likely to be reinvested in the squad, with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa reportedly Mourinho's number one target.
With Luiz on the way out of Stamford Bridges after 143 appearances, Mourinho is likely to give more opportunities to highly-rated young defender Tomas Kalas, who impressed in the team's 2-0 win at Liverpool towards the end of the season.