Brazilian defender will cost £32million according to the club’s president.
David Luiz will not leave Benfica for anything less than 40million (£32.3million), according to club president Luis Filipe Vieira.
Recent reports have suggested Chelsea are interested in the Brazilian in light of centre-back Ricardo Carvalho’s transfer to Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old is highly-rated at Benfica, and Manchester City were linked with a bid earlier this summer.
In the wake of the Chelsea rumours, Vieira said: “We would only begin talks over an offer of about €40million.
“It would be impossible to consider any offer less than that because it would be bad business for us.” (Sky Sports)
If either Chelsea or Manchester City are to sign David Luiz, they are going to have to spend big. He is a great talent and would be a fantastic addition to either squad but is the price tag too high? Both teams can afford to pay that sort of money, but it seems that Benfica may be trying to take advantage of their financial situations.
Chelsea are in need of a new centre back but seem more likely to sign someone as back up for the preferred partnership of John Terry and Alex. Man City have options at the back and don’t necessarily need a new defender, but will likely be tempted by the chance to make yet another huge signing.