There have been reports for weeks that Chelsea are interested in signing Benfica’s Brazilian defender David Luiz and Benfica have confirmed that Chelsea have made an official bid for the player.
“A negotiation process is currently ongoing and the market will be informed when it is completed,” Benfica said in a statement.
As usual the two clubs are arguing over player valuation. Benfica want £25 million for Luiz while Chelsea have offered £21.5 million, plus one of their young players.
So basically the sides are only £3.5 apart and that should not be enough to kill the deal.
Interestingly Chelsea booked a work permit application for Luiz for Wednesday in anticipation of completing the deal but Benfica then played Luiz for 90 minutes in a cup match on Wednesday evening.
I must say I like what appears Chelsea’s approach to the transfer market this month. Luiz is one of the best young defenders in Europe while Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin are two young rising stars. Signing these kind of players will set Chelsea up for years.