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Chelsea will offload David Luiz to fund Atletico Madrid star

Chelsea are looking to offload David Luiz, as well as Fernando Torres, to fund a summer transfer splurge, Mirror reports.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho was clearly unhappy with the performance of Brazilian defender Luiz in their shock 1-0 away loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday, and will hope to sell him after the World Cup.

The Portuguese knows that the club has to work within the rules of Financial Fair Play, therefore extra funds are required in his attempts to make “surgical movements in the transfer window”.

Chelsea look to be in pole position to land Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, who is valued at £45million, but are in need of more cash to aid Mourinho’s summer overhaul of the squad.

And the former Real Madrid boss is looking for suitors for both David Luiz and the misfiring Fernando Torres.

Mourinho hooked Luiz off at halftime against Crystal Palace, with the Blues manager insisting that it was for “tactical” reasons and had nothing to do with his earlier shin injury.

However despite Luiz’s poor form and uncertain future, the Brazilian should still start against Paris St Germain in tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final clash.

The ineligibility of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic means the former Benfica man should line up alongside Ramires at the Parc des Princes.

Yet Jose Mourinho believes that his side will prevail when the going gets tough in a knock-out fixture.

“Paris is the kind of match they will feel comfortable to play.

“A big match, a great stadium, opponents with top quality, the profile of referee who stops a lot and doesn’t let aggression into the game, because normally this is the profile of referee in UEFA competitions.

“They will be fine. They will be in their natural habitat in that match. They can do a good match there.”

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