Earlier this week it was reported in the media that Barcelona had made an official approach for Chelsea’s David Luiz after weeks of threatening to do so through the media, but they’re wasting their time.
Jose Mourinho has reaffirmed his stance on the player’s future and said that he’s not for sale and it’s doubtful the player would push for a move even if he wouldn’t be completely reluctant to making it.
On the bid, Mourinho said:
“It’s lost time for them. My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time.
“We don’t want to lose our best players. No chance.”
Like every other player that’s constantly speculated about this summer the Brazilian has been out of action with injury which has helped fuel rumours but the claims that Mourinho doesn’t like his style and he’s not a ‘Mourinho player’ are nothing but conjecture. We don’t really know what Mourinho has in store for Luiz aside from the fact he said he prefers him in central defence rather than midfield. He may opt to drum some of the cavalier attitude out of him but he does like a good ball-playing centre back, just look at Ricardo Carvalho.
At the moment Luiz represents Chelsea’s best option in central defence and there’s more urgency over who will partner him than a need to replace the 26-year-old. I’ve often been a critic of Luiz and sometimes left scratching my head trying to work out what’s going on under all that hair, but last season he showed that he does have a brain and he obviously listened to what he was being told as he was the most improved player in the squad during the last campaign.
His value is probably around £40 million right now but Chelsea have no need for the money and there’s not many options out there in terms of replacements, especially as selling clubs will hold buyers to ransom as everyone is keen to get their business done with the season just around the corner. Give up, Barca!