Chelsea star David Luiz has agreed terms and passed the medical ahead of his £50million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Guardian reports.
Luiz is set to become the world’s most expensive defender after beating the previous highest fees commanded by PSG pair Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.
Chelsea officially announced the departure on their official website and the Brazilian said his goodbyes after three and a half years at Stamford Bridge.
“Thanks Chelsea for the three and half years of great partnership,” Luiz said. “I’ve made good friends, won many titles and those memories will last with me forever.
“I’d like to thank my team mates, all staff and all supporters (my geezers).
“I’m leaving with great sadness but at the same time excited for the new challenge that lies ahead in this great club in a city that have always enchanted me.
“It’s a new stage, new challenge and together we will go even further. Allez Paris!”
The French champions are now waiting for formalities to be completed when the transfer window reopens on June 10.
PSG said in a statement: “We have reached an agreement on the conditions for a future transfer of the Brazilian international defender … To satisfy the desire of the player to prepare and play in the best possible conditions the World Cup in his country, the willingness of both clubs and David Luiz was to achieve a fast agreement, one between Paris St-Germain and Chelsea FC and the other between the Paris club and the player to formalise the transfer from the opening of the transfer window.”
The 27-year-old joined the Blues from Benfica in 2011, making 143 appearance and scoring 12 goals.