David Luiz is on the brink of sealing a sensational £40 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, Goal has learned.
Chelsea are in advanced talks to sell the defender to the French big spenders and the deal is expected to be finalised before the World Cup.
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given the green light to the departure of Luiz, who was forced down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of the Portuguese, who preferred the John Terry-Gary Cahill partnership at the back.
A fee of £40m has been agreed with the French champions, and Luiz, 27, is preparing to interrupt his World Cup preparations to fly to Paris to finalise terms and undertake a medical.
The deal represents a huge flexing of PSG's financial muscle, with the fee a world record for a defender, eclipsing the £35m the club paid AC Milan for Thiago Silva two years ago.
It is the third significant profit Chelsea have made on a player this year who has not been a first-team regular under Mourinho.
Juan Mata joined Manchester United for £37.1m in January, shortly after Kevin De Bruyne moved to Wolfsburg for £15m.
With Luiz also handing Chelsea a transfer profit of around £15m, the Londoners are well placed to fall in line with Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Money has also been freed up for Mourinho to purchase his primary targets, including striker Diego Costa.
A £35m deal for the Atletico Madrid star has already been agreed and is expected to be finalised shortly after the Spanish club's participation in Saturday's Champions League final.