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Chelsea gamble on David Luiz

Premier League

David Luiz is a risk for Chelsea but Antonio Conte has reason to be happy

The ESPN FC crew discuss how the return of David Luiz will affect Chelsea in the defensive third.

It's no secret that David Luiz was not Chelsea's first-choice option to bolster their central defence. The club had pursued a range of center-backs, most notably Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, without success. They were now stuck. Indeed, but for Antonio Conte signing off on David Luiz in the last 72 hours of the transfer window, this deal might never have happened.

On Tuesday night, 24 hours before the transfer window shut, Chelsea had all but given up. PSG were refusing...

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David Luiz on his way back to Chelsea; Leicester seal Islam Slimani deal

Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey delves into where David Luiz will fit into Antonio Conte's plans.

The summer transfer window is close to swinging shut -- it closes at 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. BST -- so stay with Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip as the clock ticks down on deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top Story: Luiz back at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been searching for defensive reinforcements this summer -- and now he has brought back David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues confirmed they have...

 By Nick Ames

How Premier League clubs' 'endless loans' impact the transfer market

Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner is disappointed Jack Wilshere didn't opt for Europe over staying in England.

You probably know Kenneth Omeruo's name by now. For a 22-year-old defender, his career achievements stand up to scrutiny: he played 100 senior games for good clubs in the Netherlands, England and Turkey, along with 31 caps for his native Nigeria -- four of them at the 2014 World Cup.

Omeruo will enjoy a long career in the game but knows the chances of that happening at his parent club are slim: his entire professional life has been spent contracted to Chelsea, but not a single one of those appearances...

Five things you need to know about new Chelsea signing Marcos Alonso

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner assesses Chelsea's recent signing of defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina.
Jules Breach and Liam Twomey discuss whether the club will complete a defensive signing before the window closes.

After an entire summer spent trying to make sense of a "very crazy" transfer market, Chelsea have finally managed to sign a defender for head coach Antonio Conte on deadline day.

Marcos Alonso becomes the fourth arrival of the Italian's fledgling reign at Stamford Bridge, earning Fiorentina around £23 million just three years after La Viola acquired the Spanish left-back on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers. But who exactly is the man Chelsea have bought?

ESPN FC gives you a rundown...

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Trending: Premier League spends over £1bn, David Luiz to rejoin Chelsea

The ESPN FC crew discuss the rumours that defender David Luiz will leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to Chelsea.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Premier League clubs have now spent more than £1 billion on transfers in the summer window. The league had already broken its own transfer record last week, when Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pushed clubs' gross spending up to £880 million -- topping the £870m of last summer.

CHELSEA: Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed a deal to re-sign David Luiz from Paris...

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Premier League Deadline Day: Chelsea, Arsenal and others still active

A look back as managers across Europe have referred to this transfer window as a crazy period.

With deadline day approaching, ESPN FC's Premier League correspondents assess their side's business so far and suggest what else needs to be done.

ARSENAL: A frustrating summer has turned out to be successful in the end as Arsene Wenger is set to bring in all the pieces he felt were needed to make Arsenal title contenders. He entered the transfer window looking to make three major signings, and added centre-back Shkodran Mustafi to midfielder Granit Xhaka and striker Lucas Perez. In addition,...