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In Focus: Barcelona would benefit hugely from Luiz capture

As per Telefoot, via Daily Express, Barcelona have launched an audacious loan offer to sign Chelsea’s David Luiz.

The 30-year-old defender has been displaced in the Blues’ back three due to the rise of Andreas Christensen, and his immediate future at Chelsea is undoubtedly in the balance.

What’s the story?

Despite persistent and public denials by the Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, there have been reports of discontent between coach and the player, seemingly Barcelona are looking to exploit the uncertainty that characterises Luiz’s current predicament.

It appears that the Catalan giants urgently require defensive reinforcement as Javier Mascherano is poised to join Hebei China Fortune in the forthcoming January transfer window. The fact that Luiz, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.com, is no longer considered a starter for Chelsea could impact the situation enormously.

Can he still do it?

Last season’s indelible title success for Chelsea illustrated Luiz’s ability to thrive at the highest level. During his first stint with the West London team, the Brazilian was often criticised for being too impulsive and erratic in his defensive work. He was often seen as the team’s liability, last season he displayed a greater sense of maturity and leadership as he orchestrated Chelsea’s defence.

In addition to these qualities, PSG’s former centre-half is endowed with superb technical ability which will ensure that he adapts well to Barcelona’s style of play if he joins the La Liga side.

Will Conte let him go?

Antonio Conte has stressed on numerous occasions his concern regarding the size of his Chelsea squad, and it is unlikely that the impassioned Italian will want to witness another departure in the upcoming transfer window.

Whether reports of a falling out between the manager and player are accurate or not, Chelsea will be keen to ensure that they have a replacement in mind, if Luiz departs in the new year.

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