Nou Camp side set sights on Stamford Bridge defender.
Barcelona are readying a summer move for Chelsea defender David Luiz according to Italian source TuttoMercato.
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Though the Catalan side do boast Gerard Pique and veteran Carles Puyol as their chief central defensive pair, beyond this duo the club does not have all that many other options to call upon.
On a number of occasions the club have had to call upon Argentine terrier Javier Mascherano to fill in at the back and now Vilanova looks keen to bring in adequate alternatives.
David Luiz was a key member of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side and though guilty of the occasional error the Brazilian international is still very highly thought of and the fact that the former Benfica man can also effectively play in a defensive midfield role may also come into Vilanova’s thinking.
A move to Barcelona may be all the more tempting given the rather disastrous campaign the Stamford Bridge side have had this season. Dumped out of the Champions League at the first hurdle and well and truly out of the title race with the arrival of Rafa Benitez coinciding with a rather shaky period of form.
This source values David Luiz at €25m (£21.5m) but it may well take a bid well in excess of this to persuade Chelsea to even consider offers for the Blues star.