Let's coin a new term today, shall we? Deals that die and come back to life should be called zombies, and while the use is obvious - perhaps unimaginative - it's description. For example, if I tell you the David Luiz-to-Chelsea deal is a zombie, you immediately know the dead was thought dead and has come back to life, now unlikely to die unless we take extreme measures.
And without Simon Pegg and Nick Frost around to slay this deal, it looks like the 23-year-old Brazilian is on his way to Stamford Bridge, if this hasty tweet from Duncan Castles carries any water. Here is The Times' contributor's status report on the zombie:
So let's track this one, thanks to our StoryStream. Luiz is en route to London for £21.5 million. Mid-week, pundits on the Guardian's Football Weekly say the deal is up to £25 million but was being held as the sides negotiated whether there would be two payments or one. Then Benfica announced negotiations are dead, a state confirmed later by Chelsea.
Now: Zombie, and it the deal comes to fruition, Chelsea could be looking at a combined outlay of £75-£80 million for Fernando Torres and David Luiz. In league, the Blues are likely too far behind United to challenge without significant help from their pray, but still alive in the FA Cup and Champions League, Chelsea may be on the verge of spending their way from a 2010-11 disappointment to regaining a status only temporarily lost.