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Chelsea Defender On Barcelona Wish List

by Chris Smith

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Chelsea centre-back David Luiz has emerged as a shock summer transfer target for Barcelona, with new coach Tito Vilanova reportedly an admirer of the Stamford Bridge defender…Chelsea defender David Luiz is a shock summer target for Spanish giants Barcelona. The Brazilian centre-half is at the top of Barca’s list, even though he has had a turbulent time at Stamford Bridge since his £24million move from Benfica 14 months ago.

Source: The Mirror

The Catalan side have been going through some turbulent times of late, including a defeat against Real Madrid – now champions of La Liga – a Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea and the resignation of legendary coach Pep Guardiloa. And now to throw another curve ball into the mix, they’re prepared to mount a bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

Reports leaving the new camp say that current coach Guardiola and future coach Vilanova are both admirers of the Brazilian defender, although it would cost the club around £30m if they’re to stand a realistic chance of securing his services.

Barca are looking for new faces at centre-half, left-back and up top and will see Luiz as a player who can fit into the Barca fold effortlessly, with his style of play and skill often being compared to that of a midfielders.

And the Brazil international could be partial to a move, with first team opportunities becoming more limited since the arrival of Tim Cahill from Bolton.

Luiz, who signed for Chelsea for £24m 14 months ago, has had a mixed time in the English game. Clearly capable of playing at the highest level, the defender has at times been infuriating for Chelsea fans by often being caught in possession and out of position – leaving several pundits believing that the style of play in La Liga would be more suited to his game.

In other news, Arsenal captain Robin van Persie is said to be another of Barca’s long-term transfer targets, as well as Tottenham’s Gareth Bale – but president Sandro Rosell and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta fear Spurs will put the Welsh wizard out of their price range.

With the imminent departure of Guardiola and with coach Vilanova soon to take over at the helm, Barca fans can expect to see a busy transfer window as they look to mount a squad ready to take on the might of new league champions Real Madrid next season.

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