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Transfer news: PSG buy David Luiz for £40million from Chelsea

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Paris Saint German are finalizing a spectacular deal to bring David Luiz to France for £40  million from Chelsea according to Sky sources.

This will make the Brazilian the most expensive defender in the world. David Luiz, 27, appears to be deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Skipper John Terry has signed a one-year extension to his contract, and Gary Cahill has been a fixture in the heart of the Blues defence.

 

Player Profile – (2013/2014 season)

David Luiz

  • Appearances 39 (5)
  • Goals 0
  • Assists 2
  • Yellows 12
  • Reds 0

 

Branislav Ivanovic is also capable of playing as a centre-back, and Mourinho – who has used Luiz predominantly as a defensive midfielder – is also known to be a fan of rising youngster Tomas Kalas.

David Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, in a £23.5m deal during the January transfer window, and he still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea star is now on his way to Paris for an astonishing £40 million.

We are gobsmacked by this fee. What do you guys think? Let us know by commenting below.

 

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Jose Mourinho vs His Strikers – 2013/2014 HITS & MISSES

It’s true that Jose Mourinho has improved the careers of a number of top class strikers in his years as a manager. He has helped the likes of Samuel Eto’o, David Milito, Gonzalo Higuain  and most notably Didier Drogba flourish under his management, however you have to agree that he has failed to get the best out of strikers this season (2013/2014). Is it because they lack quality or because of the stubborn side of Jose Mourinho’s personality?

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Jose Mourinho has been constantly complaining about his lack of striking options this season. But maybe he deserves to be criticized over his handling of strikers at Chelsea this season? Perhaps if he had put more faith in his strikers they may have scored more goals? The players he has had at his disposal this year have been Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Jose’s handling of his strikers this season has been questionable and here is how we think he has handled his strikers this season:

 

Fernando Torres – MISS

Handling of player – 3/10
Player rating for this season – 3/10
Potential rating for this season – 8/10

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The former Liverpool talisman has never quite got his sharpness back at Chelsea, however we were definitely seeing signs of the old Torres towards the end of the 2012/2013 season with him finding his shooting boots reaching 22 goals. However Mourinho has managed destroy his confidence by leaving him on the bench constantly and perhaps not giving him enough of a chance. I really think if Mourinho made him his main man at the start of the season, we could have seen a very different Torres this season.

 

Demba Ba – MISS

Handling of player – 2/10
Player rating for this season – 3/10
Potential rating for this season – 7/10

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It is without a doubt that Mourinho underestimates the ability of this man. At Newcastle he showed us time after time his ability to dominate the front-line, get among players and score unorthodox quality goals. Click here for an example. Demba Ba has the quality and can pinch a goal at anytime, as he proved against PSG in the final minutes of the Champions League Quater Final on the 8th April 2014. With more faith in this player Mourinho could have got a bag of goals out of this striker, who has been hugely disregarded this season.

 

Samuel Eto’o – HIT

Handling of player – 10/10
Player rating for this season – 7/10
Potential rating for this season – 7/10

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It was a great decision for Mourinho to bring back his former star at Inter Milan. The African veteran has proved many doubters wrong this season who have suggested he is ‘past it’ by scoring some vital goals this season and helping his team. Mourinho has handled Eto’o well and put his faith in him. Eto’o has been vital towards the end of this season.

 

Romelu Lukaku – MISS

Handling of player – 0/10
Player rating for this season – 8/10
Potential rating for this season – 9/10

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Mourinho decided Romelu Lukaka would not be in his plans for his return season to Chelsea, therefore he loaned him out after his brilliant season playing for West Brom. Unsurprisingly Lukaku has excelled Mourinho’s expectations at Everton by putting them in contention with a Champions League spot by scoring 14 goals in his first 27 games for Everton. There is no doubt Mourinho must be kicking himself with this decision.

 

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Biggest January 2014 Transfers in English football

As the January transfer window is coming to a close in it’s final week, let’s take a look at the top signings that caught everyone’s eye in the first month of 2014.

Aiden McGeady

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The pacy winger joined Everton from Spartak Moscow on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He won four Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups in six years for Celtic before moving to Russia. He is on this list because of his fancy tricks, notably “The McGeady Spin”.

 

Juan Mata

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Who would have imagined Chelsea’s two-time Player of the Year to be benched in the first half of the season under new coach Jose Mourinho? The likes of Oscar (new number 10 described by The Special One), Eden Hazard,  summer signings Willian and Andre Schurrle made it difficult for the Spanish international to break into the starting eleven. David Moyes decided to break the bank and capture Juan Mata’s signature for a club record fee of £37.1 million. Juan Mata vowed to perform in every game in order to make it into the Spanish squad for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.

 

Mohamed Salah

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The battle to capture Mohamed Salah’s signature between Liverpool and Chelsea was one of the highlights of the January transfer window. The 21-year old Egyptian eventually signed for the Blues for a fee reported to be £11 million. He captured the eyes of world football after scoring in both victories over Chelsea for Basel in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

 

Nemanja Matic

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He was formerly a Chelsea player, before leaving for Benfica in a deal which brought David Luiz to Chelsea. He rejoined the Londoners for for a fee of £21 million. At 6 foot 4, the Serbian was what Jose Mourinho was looking for. He wanted depth in his squad, and depth he has, with Frank Lampard, Ramires, Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel and David Luiz as an alternative.

 

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