The press has been covered with stories over the last day or two suggesting that David Luiz is a high profile target for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
These stories claim they want David Luiz as a defensive alternative to Pepe, but don’t seem to take into account the Brazilian’s popularity and status with his current side.
They also claim that Jose Mourinho has already made his mind up on the future of certain players, which is poor judgement as it’s impossible for him to tell who he will keep and sell before he’s even been confirmed as the club’s new boss.
If there is even the tiniest seed of truth in these rumours then Chelsea have to try and work the situation to their advantage and that comes in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chelsea don’t seem like the sort of club who would let such a hugely important player leave in a straight up cash deal so it’s in their interests to try and sign one of the best forwards in the world if they’re going to let him go.
David Luiz has won a lot of fans from his time at Stamford Bridge through the flamboyant and passionate way he goes about his football.
He’s a very good defensive player, shaping into more of a midfield role at the moment which prevents Chelsea from having to go out and buy a high profile enforcer during the summer transfer window.
It’s that midfield role which is another reason that he would more than likely stay at Chelsea because Real Madrid want him as a central defender, where he’s looked a little frustrated at times this season.
Ronaldo is a player who would improve any team in the world and he still commands a hefty transfer fee, despite the fact it’s now four years since he first left from Manchester United.
Roman Abramovich has never been afraid to put his money where his mouth is as the transfer of Fernando Torres proves, but it’s in the club’s interests to try and use David Luiz as a part exchange if formal offers are on the table from the Spanish club.
Chelsea are under no obligation to sell because there is no value or sense in them allowing David Luiz to leave the club, especially as he could be a very important player for Mourinho if he is the next manager.
The only situation where this deal could be on is if David Luiz shows a clear indication that he wants tom leave Stamford Bridge which seems as likely as Sir Alex Ferguson coming out of retirement to manage Liverpool.
It would be very naïve of Chelsea to sell David Luiz to Real Madrid and not look at the chance of getting Ronaldo or one or two other top quality players coming the other way in the same deal.
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