Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea. The 27-year-old will join the French champions following the FIFA World Cup™, where he played in Thursday night's opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo.
"Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce that for a period of five years Brazilian international David Luiz has moved from Chelsea FC," said a statement on the PSG website. "He will join the group after the World Cup."
Luiz played parts of three seasons with Chelsea after moving to the London club in January 2011 from Portuguese side Benfica. The Brazilian won the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League during his time at Stanford Bridge. He made 143 Blues appearances - 34 of them last season, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals - scoring 12 goals.
The confirmation of the deal on Friday means Luiz, who was also a reported target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is likely to a form a centre-half partnership with international team-mate Thiago Silva. On Thursday, the Barclays Premier League club completed the £30million signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.