Date: 2nd June 2013 at 5:00pm
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David+Luiz+Chelsea+v+SL+Benfica+Bx-CcTO6ZfoxChelsea are willing to sell both Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz to Barcelona for a combined fee of £40 million.

The Blues value the Brazilian defender at £30m and Ivanovic at around £10m, according to reports in the Daily Star Sunday.

Both players have been linked with the exit door in recent weeks as Spanish giants Barca and Real Madrid have a reported interest in Luiz, whilst Monaco were rumoured to be willing to pay up to £25m for Ivanovic.

The funds raised from the sale could go towards the transfers of 22-year-old Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala and Roma’s midfield general Daniele De Rossi, suggests the Star, and most of the transfer budget will be used for the purchase of a big name striker like Edinson Cavani.

Since Jose Mourinho was last at Stamford Bridge new Premier League squad rules and financial fair play have been introduced which is the reason why the 50-year-old may be willing to sanction the sales of a couple of high profile players. Harry Pratt’s article goes so far as to say Luiz is seen as a liability at the back and Ivanovic is surplus to requirements.

I don’t know what the future holds for either of these players but I do know that when Mourinho gets around to evaluating the squad and helping the club decide the ins and outs, he’ll make whatever decisions he think will be best for the club and Chelsea’s importance is paramount.

However, it would seem as though Brazilian defender Luiz is sick and tired of having his future speculated over and was quoted in the Sun:

“I really don’t want to talk about my future. At the moment I am only thinking about the national team.”

When asked if he was looking forward to working with Mourinho, he gave reporters a short shrift:

“I don’t want to answer that question.”

His agent recently confirmed that the player will not be leaving for Napoli to join up with Rafael Benitez but did admit a previous interest from Barcelona in his client.

Sources: Daily Star Sunday and The Sun


3 responses to “Chelsea duo linked with Barca switch”

  1. JKK says:

    Probably a really legitimate source…I didn’t realize we had two Ivanovic’s…

    • Anthony Williams says:

      I hate it when people make typos too. For instance, it bugs me that you spelt realise with a z.

  2. evaenio says:

    barca shud try their best to sgin divide luiz from chelsea or they will regret it later.