LONDON: David Luiz, one of the most error-prone of top-level defenders, has returned to Chelsea in one of the most surprising of the deadline-day deals.
In another late swoop Tottenham outbid Everton to sign France winger Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle.
Somne 13 clubs broke their transfer records as an estimated £1.165bn was spent altogether over the summer, with window expenditure topping one billion pounds for the first time.
The 29-year-old Brazil defender, who moved to Parc des Princes for £50m ahead of the 2014 World Cup, returns to Stamford Bridge for a reported £32m.
He said on chelseafc.com: “I’m delighted to return to Chelsea. We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.
“I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.”
The Blues and PSG earlier on Wednesday announced terms had been agreed for Luiz’s return and the deal was announced soon after the 2300BST closure of the summer transfer window.
His acquisition was part of a busy deadline day for the Blues, who signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and let Juan Cuadrado join Juventus on a three-year loan deal.
Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and made 143 appearances, scoring 12 goals, before his departure three-and-a-half-years later.
He won the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League with Chelsea and the 2012 FA Cup.
He has played against Chelsea four times in the two years since leaving the Blues, as PSG were opponents in the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.
He vowed not to celebrate if he scored against his former club, but did so as PSG advanced on away goals at the expense of Chelsea in March 2015.
He is the latest former player to return to Chelsea. The Blues bought back Nemanja Matic, who joined Benfica as part of the deal which saw Luiz signed, while Didier Drogba had a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz made 89 appearances for PSG, scoring eight goals, and won two French Ligue 1 titles (2015, 2016), two Coupes de France (2015, 2016), two Coupes de la Ligue (2015, 2016) and two Trophees des Champions (2015, 2016).
He became the Blues’ fifth summer signing after France midfielder N’Golo Kante, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo and Alonso.
Tottenham land Sissoko
Tottenham’s usual deadline day coup was to land France winger Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle in the teeth of opposition from Everton.
The 27-year-old midfielder has signed a deal which will keep him at White Hart Lane until at least 2021.
Official confirmation of the deal emerged just after Sissoko posted a picture of himself on Twitter holding up a Spurs shirt, which he captioned: “Very happy to join Spurs for the next five years!”
At one point Everton appeared to be favourites to sign Sissoko but Spurs matched their £30m offer and the Merseyside club eventually withdrew their interest.
He has pushed for a transfer this summer after claiming it would be difficult to retain his international place if he was playing his football in the Sky Bet Championship.
Newcastle wrote in a statement on Wednesday night: “Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has completed his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.
“The 27-year-old France international arrived on Tyneside in January 2013 from Toulouse and made 133 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies during three-and-a-half years at St James’ Park, scoring 12 goals.
“Sissoko’s final outing for United came in a 5-1 victory over his new side, Spurs, on the last day of the 2016-17 campaign.”
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