Barcelona have been using the media to faff around in an attempt to unsettle the likes of David Luiz this summer but have finally made a formal offer according to reports today (Wednesday).
Sky Sports News‘ sources in Spain claim that the Catalan club have made a bid for the Brazilian defender but it’s expected that it will be rejected. Luiz is very much a part of Jose Mourinho’s plans as it stands and Barcelona will probably have to go as high as £40 million to even tempt Chelsea into a sale.
No matter how much Chelsea and Mourinho insist that the 26-year-old is going nowhere the rumours of a departure just won’t go away, it’s the same case with Liverpool and Luis Suarez, Tottenham and Gareth Bale, Manchester United and Wayne Rooney. If a club can turn a player’s head there’s always a chance the transfer can happen as every man has his price, but how confident are Barcelona of signing Luiz and is the pursuit realistic?
Luiz loves being a Blue, loves his team-mates and I don’t see him demanding to move anywhere soon, so Barca will be appealing to Chelsea using the temptation of mega money before winning the heart and mind of the player. I have my doubts over whether or not they can afford him but if they’re given a definite price they may be able to meet it by selling Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United.
This summer is definitely a seller’s market rather than a buyer’s and at this stage with the season quickly approaching it’d prove difficult for Chelsea to buy a replacement and in my opinion Luiz is the only guaranteed starter among our centre-halves and we could probably do with another, but it seems John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill will fight it out for the other spot.
How far will Barcelona go to get their target? It’d take something special/drastic at this stage.
Source: Sky Sports