Barca tried, but failed, to land the Brazil star last year.
La Liga champions FC Barcelona are set to launch a £40m bid for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz this summer now that world football’s governing body Fifa has temporarily lifted the transfer ban on the club, according to reports on talkSPORT.co.uk.
The Catalan giants had initially been banned from taking part in any transfer activity for the next two windows by Fifa, however, that suspension was put on hold on Wednesday while the club launches an appeal against the sanction.
And now as a result it is understood that Barca will aim to get as much of their business done as is possible over the course of the summer, starting with the recruitment of a new central defender now that club captain Carles Puyol has confirmed his intention to leave Camp Nou come the end of the season.
However, the player that the La Liga giants are said to be targeting to replace the Barca skipper, Brazil international Luiz, will not come cheap, especially given the somewhat frosty relations between the two teams over the years, and with the 27-year-old contracted to Barcelona until 2017, it is expected that Barca will need to fork out £40m to sign Luiz.
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