Chelsea will face a fight to keep their defender-cum-midfielder David Luiz as Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign the Brazilian following their Champions League humiliation, according to the Daily Mail.
It isn’t the first time that Barca have been linked with the 25-year-old and it was reported that they were willing to pay £35 million for his services last year before turning their sights on other targets. The Catalan club is keen to reignite that previous interest and may stump up as much as £40m to land their man.
The La Liga leaders are confident that they can exploit the managerial uncertainty at Stamford Bridge in order to coax Luiz away from London, where he is very happy and is enjoying sensational form at the moment and has scored some worldly goals.
Will Chelsea cash-in on one of their assets?
All I can say is good luck to Barcelona on this one. Luiz is arguably the most improved player at Stamford Bridge over the past 12 months and likely to be a key figure whoever takes the manager’s hot seat this summer, and he’s even being touted as John Terry’s most natural successor as Chelsea captain.
He’s also part of a close Brazilian contingent at the club, has embraced the culture of the city and always looks to me as if he’s genuinely proud to pull on the blue shirt. He can still give you a few heart attacks with his rashness and is sometimes guilty of brainless actions, but the mistakes aren’t so frequent and the positives far outweigh the negatives these days.
Chelsea made their second successive European final in the week despite suffering a turbulent season of transition, it’s a squad that is only looking to improve and is probably two or three (four at the very most) away from challenging for the title and Champions League again.
Whereas Barcelona, although still a Spanish and European powerhouse, look as though their best days are behind them and Tito Vilanova is no Pep Guardiola, why would David Luiz want to throw away what he has at Chelsea to go there?