Date: 2nd December 2013 at 4:00pm
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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is lining up a January bid for out-of-favour Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to the Portuguese press.

A Bola claim that now the Brazilian international has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge he may seek pastures new and Guardiola is aiming to beat his former club Barcelona to Luiz’s signature.

The 26-year-old was dropped after the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United last month and has been kept out of action in recent weeks with an injury but the defender has been guilty of several gaffes already this season and it’s thought that Mourinho has lost some patience.

Reports suggest that Chelsea will ask for a fee in the region of €50 million to convince them to sell Luiz which is fairly feasible as the player is highly thought of and is currently being linked with two of the biggest clubs in Europe, but I just don’t see a deal that big being made for a Champions League cup-tied player in the winter.

There is also the relationship between Mourinho and Guardiola to consider as there’s no love lost between the duo which casts further doubt over a proposed move to Bayern Munich.

Should a Barcelona or Bayern cough up enough cash to satisfy the Blues enough to sell Luiz they will have their own problem in replacing him as they’ll be held to ransom because other clubs will know they need to and realise they would only have one month in which to conduct their winter business, so desperation sets in.

David Luiz hasn’t shown the best form over his 11 appearances so far this season but was instrumental over the previous campaign and was probably our most improved player at the time. He is capable of regaining that sort of form and I expect to see him at Chelsea at least until the summer.