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Chelsea gamble on David Luiz return: Antonio Conte settles for flamboyant Brazil defender

1 Sep

On Wednesday, though, it was all smiles for Luiz after he passed his medical in London and completed his return, with his second Chelsea debut set to come against Swansea a week on Sunday.

Roman Abramovich’s deadline-day spending alone crashed through the £50m barrier, with Marco Alonso arriving from Fiorentina for £24m of the Chelsea owner’s money.

He is another player with a chequered English history, spending a season in the Championship having been relegated with Bolton in 2012.

Alonso had matured by the time he spent six months with Sunderland in early 2015, but his price tag shows how inflated prices have become this summer in light of the latest TV rights deal that has swelled the coffers of Premier League clubs.

Thirteen of the 20 top-flight sides broke their club transfer records as costs spiralled right up to the window closing at 11pm.

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