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Chelsea Offer £10m for Brazilian Defender: Blues Linked With Move for Benfica Centre Back Luiz

by Steven Constable

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Ancelotti lines up move to bring Brazilian to Stamford Bridge

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Feb. 09, 2010 - Lisbon, Portugal - epa02022914 Benfica's David Luiz celebrate a goal against Sporting during the match for Portuguese League Cup held at Alvalade XXI Stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, 09 February 2010.

Benfica centre back David Luiz is the man Carlo Ancelotti wants to rejuvenate his ageing central defence.

The Blues are said to have bid £10m for the 23-year-old Portuguese, although his club say he will not go for less than the £40m release clause in his contract.

Ancelotti is concerned that Chelsea are creaking at the back, with Ricardo Carvalho slowing at 32, John Terry now 29 and Alex just a year younger. (Daily Mirror)

Clearly Portuguese side Benfica are having a laugh if they think they will get £40m for the decent, but not spectacular, defender David Luiz. We are after all talking about a Brazilian who is yet to be called up to the full international set up and therefore probably more fairly priced at the amount Carlo Ancelotti is willing to offer.

Chelsea do have a very real problem to counter and that is the oft discussed issue of their ageing first team squad. Its perhaps the defence that shows most strain in this regard and a new younger option to turn to when the likes of Terry and Carvalho hang up their boots is needed.

I believe that the Stamford Bridge boss is more likely to look for homegrown replacements and not just because of the new Premier League regulations but also because he realises how key the English backbone has been to the club over recent years and is clearly hoping to replicate this in the future.

The club have already brought in the likes of Ross Turnbull and Daniel Sturridge in the past year so perhaps he may indeed opt for trying hard to integrate the likes of Chelsea youngsters Ryan Bertand and Sam Hutchinson over the course of the coming season?


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