Transfer: I’ll be here for you – David Luiz sends message to EPL-bound Brazil star

David Luiz

David Luiz sends message to departing club teammate, Matheus Franca

David Luiz has posted a farewell message for Flamengo teammate Matheus Franca.

The Brazilian is on the verge of joining Premier League side Crystal Palace.

The 36-year-old Luiz posted a photo of himself and Franca on his Instagram story, seemingly wishing the 19-year-old well for his upcoming move. He wrote:

“I will always be here for you.”

Luiz and Franca currently play together at Brazilian side Flamengo. 

However, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder sensation is set to join Premier League side Crystal Palace, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Eagles beat off competition from Luiz’ former club Chelsea to secure Franca’s signature for a transfer fee in the region of €20 million plus bonuses. 

Flamengo will receive €5 million in performance bonuses and another €5 million should Franca win the Balon d’Or award in the future.

There’s also a clause which would entitle the Brazilian club to 20% on any future sale of the midfielder (after the initial €25 million valuation).

The Brazilian youngster reportedly turned down a move to Chelsea, who were keen on bringing Franca to Stamford Bridge this summer. 

The Blues have recently signed Brazilian youngsters Andrey Santos and Angelo Gabriel.

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