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Chelsea face transfer battle as Barca lurk

David LuizBarcelona have lodged a £25m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to reports from Goal.

The La Liga champions are keen to bolster the defensive ranks in the coming months, and have made the Brazilian international the primary target.

Although he is said to be unconvinced by Luiz’s abilities, new Stamford Bridge chief Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen to keep the eccentric centre-back.

But, he may find that difficult, with the lure of the Nou Camp potentially enough to force the ex-Benfica man to consider his options.

The Catalans see the big-haired South American as the ideal long-term replacement for current club icon Carles Puyol, who is now entering the twilight years of his illustrious career.

Luiz’s technical abilities should see him slot into the Spaniards’ style of play relatively easily, where he could form strong partnership with Gerard Pique.

The 26-year-old was a regular under Rafael Benitez last season, and was even utilised in a defensive midfield role – one in which he flourished.

But, his concentration and desire to get forward have seen him criticised, and it is thought that Mourinho would prefer a more dependable defender.

Barca had initially set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva, but were told in no uncertain terms that he was not for sale.

Chelsea fans, should your side fight to keep David Luiz?

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