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Barcelona Keen On Chelsea and Liverpool’s South American Stars

by Christian Bailey

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Nou Camp boss apparently interested in South Americans from Stamford Bridge and Anfield.

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Barcelona are reportedly keen on Chelsea defender David Luiz as Pep Guardiola looks to freshen up his defence and according to some Spanish sources is a big admirer of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.

Whilst the Nou Camp side have slain all before them in recent seasons they do not possess a huge first team squad and there are areas that Guardiola is apparently keen to reinforce and apparently sees potential additions coming from the Premier League.

David Luiz has impressed many since his arrival from Benfica to Stamford Bridge in January and the talented defender may well be a player that the Barca boss sees as a long term replacement for Carles Puyol. The La Liga giants have had to use players out of position to take the veteran Spaniard’s spot in the centre of defence, with the likes of Javier Mascherano and Eric Abidal filling in for the 33 year old.

The fact that Luiz can ply his trade at full back as well as in the centre of defence may make the Brazilian a player that Barcelona would pursue but it may prove difficult to persuade Andre Villas-Boas or Roman Abramovich to accept an offer from the Catalan club.

Luis Suarez has professed his desire to one day play for Barcelona and many Spanish sources believe that the 24 year old Uruguayan may be seen as a long term successor to David Villa, who turns 30 in a few months. The Liverpool man has settled in well at Anfield but that has not stopped speculation about his long term future.

The former Ajax man arrived on Merseyside in January and has scored regularly and been the architect of many assists to boot, and is the focal point of Kenny Dalglish’s attacking plans and may therefore be very hard to wrestle from the Premier League club.

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