Catalan giants want Stamford Bridge new boy.
BARCELONA are ready to make a shock £27.5million raid for Chelsea defender David Luiz – just five months after he joined the Blues for £21.3m.
The Brazilian, signed from Benfica, has indicated he might listen to an offer from Barca, but only if Chelsea give their blessing.
Luiz, 24, has made a big impression in his 12 Premier League outings, scoring twice as he helped the Stamford Bridge club finish runners-up.
Barca boss Pep Guardiola is desperate for a new central defender as 33-year-old skipper Carles Puyol is struggling with a long-term left knee problem.
Guardiola has asked sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta to follow up on a meeting between Barca president Sandro Rosell and Luiz’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci in Brazil.
SOURCE: The Sun
Given that David Luiz has only just arrived at Stamford Bridge, is it likely that the West London side would consider selling the Brazilian? Well if you factor in the club that is reportedly making a move, Barcelona being the biggest club on the planet right now, and that the boss who purchased the 24 year old, Carlo Ancelotti, has now been axed, perhaps there is some possibility of a move tempting the talented defender.
Luiz has already impressed greatly since his arrival at Stamford Bridge and has already formed a good partnership with John Terry and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will do all he can to prevent any of his star turns leaving for the Nou Camp, but a lot could also depend on what the club’s new boss, Andre Villas-Boas thinks on the matter.
Maybe the incoming boss will look to bring in a player or two from his FC Porto side, much like Jose Mourinho did when he left the Portuguese side for England. Luiz is a promising young defender who may well be seen as a long term replacement for John Terry, but maybe Pep Guardiola sees the former Benfica man as the next ‘Carles Puyol’?
Apart from anything else, don’t Barcelona have a lack of transfer funds? They are also reportedly very close to securing Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, and that won’t be a cheap deal.