Rumours were circulating yesterday suggesting that Real Madrid were interested in purchasing Chelsea’s David Luiz and today the Daily Mail believe Barcelona will join the race and Jose Mourinho will sanction the sale of the Brazilian.
Mourinho hasn’t even been officially announced and he’s already making big decisions over players he’s never worked with, allegedly. The report says that the outgoing Real Madrid coach isn’t convinced by Luiz’s defensive capabilities.
Luiz cost Chelsea £21 million plus Nemanja Matic when he signed from Portuguese side Benfica in 2011 and it’s likely the club would make a profit if they did sell to one of the Spanish giants for around £30 million.
The Mail believe that Mourinho wants a new central defender, a defensive midfielder and a forward, a significant amount of the budget would go on the latter.
Chelsea have shown an interest in Schalke’s Krygiakos Papadopoulos but consider him too expensive and Jose is keen on bringing Real’s Raphael Varane with him. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that Varane is coming to Chelsea in the summer and it has nothing to do with politics at the Madrid club, they don’t want to sell him and why would they?
We we need a central defender whether Luiz stays or not and would probably need two if he was to leave. He does suffer lapses in concentration but was our best centre-back over the season, especially as John Terry’s years of playing through injuries seems to have caught up with him.
Luiz can be a pain in the backside but I doubt any manager would want to offload someone of his talent before having the chance to work with them, it just doesn’t make sense to me and even less so when the report goes on to say that most of our defensive targets look unlikely at this stage.
Source: Daily Mail