David Luiz would shore up the back line at either Eastlands or Stamford Bridge.
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David Luiz has fuelled speculation he could be heading to the Premier League by admitting he does not know if he will be a Benfica player in January.
Brazilian Luiz is under contract until 2015 but Chelsea and Manchester City want to sign the defender and reports in Portugal have indicated his club could be ready to cash in.
The 23-year-old has a release clause of over £40million in his current deal but £25m may be enough to tempt Benfica into selling.
Luiz, who recently turned down a new contract with Benfica, will not be short of options if he does decide to leave.
He said: ‘My future, only God knows. I do not know where I will be in January, in the summer or in 2015,’ he said.
‘The rumours from England? I know that and I follow them, but this does not depend on me.
‘I refused another renewal because I have a contract until June 2015 and am happy here. I have a clear conscience.
‘If it were only a matter of money, I would not be at Benfica. Criticism hurts me but my mission is to work every day.’ (Daily Mail)
Although the Daily Mail describe it as a cut price deal, £25m still seems rather a lot of money for David Luiz.
Perhaps not if you happen to be Roman Abramovich or Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, but even so, for a central defender who has played all his club career in the Brazilian and Portuguese leagues with sporadic appearances in Europe, it seems rather a lot.
Benfica are in a good position though.
Luiz has four and a half years remaining on his contract, and this gives the club significantly more weight even in these days of player power.
In addition, both Manchester City and Chelsea’s defensive lines are quite solid.
With just 12 and 10 goals conceded respectively in 15 Premier League matches – the least in the league – neither seems desperately in need of a new centre back, however good David Luiz may be.
Chelsea of course have suffered a bit of a defensive crisis in recent matches, but John Terry’s return is imminent, while Alex has been able to play through pain.
However, to sign the Brazilian international now would secure each club’s backline in the long term, and in that case, he may be worth the gamble – and high cost.
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