On the face of it, the sale of David Luiz to PSG appeared to be a poor piece of business by Chelsea. He was a consistent performer last year whether he was playing as a defensive midfielder or at centre back. In his 81 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, he scored 6 goals, including a couple of marvellous free kicks. In 2013/14, he quickly established himself as a favourite of Jose Mourinho. Currently, Chelsea are not being linked with a replacement signing, instead they are set to sign Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. The sale of David Luiz also brings in £40m into the club, which will pay for all of Costa’s transfer as they look to strengthen their striking options. Chelsea fans may be a little worried that their defensive options are slim, but some of them will have forgotten about one man.
Kurt Zouma. He is one of the hottest prospects in European football and Chelsea fended off competition from some of Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester United, to get his signature. The 19 year old, who stands at 6 ft 3, has already made 64 appearances for Saint Etienne in the French top division, Ligue 1. He has also played in European competition for the club. He reminds some people of John Terry; an uncompromising centre back dominant both in the air and on the ground. He is the captain of the French Under 21 side and can consider himself unlucky not to be on a plane to Brazil this summer. Saint Etienne have utilised all across the back 4 this season, a trait which will only make him more valuable to Mourinho as he looks to secure his third Premier League title. His tender years make him an even more exciting prospect for Chelsea fans. He is only going to get better and more mature with age, particularly if John Terry takes him under his wing.
Luiz’s transfer to PSG will also fund Chelsea’s move for striker Diego Costa. Costa scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last year, an asset which will prove invaluable to Chelsea, particularly when you consider how badly their strikers performed last year. The rumoured signing of Fabregas would bolster Chelsea’s star studded midfield, which has been given a boost with Eden Hazard saying he is “definitely staying with Chelsea”.
The sale of Luiz will only benefit Chelsea. It will allow Zouma to emerge as a first choice defender and it has freed up the funds for Chelsea to significantly reinforce their attacking options. Chelsea, even without Luiz, will be the favourites to win the Premier League title in 2014/15.