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Barcelona Still Keen On Signing Chelsea Defender David Luiz

Catalan giants consider trying again for Brazilian in January.

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Barcelona have hinted that they could move again for Chelsea defender David Luiz in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.

The Brazilian centre-back was a top target for the Catalan giants for much of the summer as they sought a new signing to strengthen their defensive options, with some doubts arising over Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol as the club’s first-choice pairing at the back.

Luiz himself revealed he had an offer on the table from Barcelona, but claims he turned them down as he is happy with life at Stamford Bridge, though Barca president Sandro Rosell put this down to a “technical decision” on the part of the club, as they felt the demands of both Chelsea and the player were too high.

However, Rosell did not rule out moving again for the 26-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January.

“Barcelona should not pay more than what the coach thinks is the right price for the salary,” he said. “We did not recruit David Luiz because of a technical decision.

“But we will see what happens in January.”

Barcelona had also been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Porto starlet Eliaquim Mangala, though in the end their only major signing of the summer was Brazil striker Neymar, who arrived from Santos for a club-record fee of £50m.

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