Even as Chelsea put the finishing touches on acquiring Marcos Alonso, it's the David Luiz story, possibly returning to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain, that's by far the biggest thing happening on Transfer Deadline Day. Here's the latest from the French capital.
L'Equipe says David Luiz to Chelsea a non-starter - PSG won't sell and he won't try to force a move due to good relationship with the club.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 31, 2016
This sort of fits with everything we'd heard up to this point and it sort of also doesn't really mean anything. We know that PSG are at the very least reluctant to sell, especially this late in the window without a replacement lined up. But if the money's right — Chelsea's bid is rumored to be in the £30-35m range — and PSG do manage to secure a new defender (Mamadou Sakho or Eliaquim Mangala could be available on loan, for example), would their stance remain unchanged over David Luiz?
As far as Luiz himself, previous reports claimed that he'd want a move back to Chelsea, but it's understandable that he'd want to do it without upsetting his current employers. Luiz may not want to force a move, but he may not have to, if Chelsea manage to convince PSG.
That said, the general feeling from L'Equipe's report is fairly negative, in general, as far as this deal's concerned. But a lot can happen in the remaining 14 hours of the wndow.