Whether the report from Mundo Deportivo is accurate or not, it could turn out to be a lot of wasted time and money as far as Barcelona are concerned.
The Spanish champions seem intent on adding to their back four ahead of the new season, looking to ease defensive worries which were exposed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season.
If they do have officials in London then those people could encounter a variety of problems which would have made their trip pointless before they even get a chance to get their teeth stuck into any David Luiz deal.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already been very clear and insistent that David Luiz will not be leaving the club this summer, dispelling myths that he was apparently not good enough to play in a Mourinho team.
“David has come back with us fantastically and we have to use his quality. He has big self-confidence and self-esteem, especially when he comes up from the back with the ball,” said Mourinho.
The magnitude of a potential deal seems to be the only reason Barcelona would send officials to London to try and do a deal, with any Barcelona bid expected to be in the region of the £45 million mark.
However, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was thought to be preparing a £40 million offer for the defender, with those rumours disappearing as quickly as they started breaking out.
A possible reason for that could have been that Bayern Munich had a cheeky word with Chelsea about the possibility of buying the defender, leaving Guardiola in no doubt that it would be a deal creating a lot more hassle than the price would be worth.
It should be easier for a club to do a deal if they physically have representatives in place who can negotiate directly with a club but that’s pointless if the parent club have absolutely no desire to sell in the first place.
You also have to question the legitimacy of the source in this case because Mundo Deportivo have claimed that a deal has already been done between those Barca officials and David Luiz’s agent.
That’s certainly not something that Mourinho would allow to happen and it stinks of illegality with Fifa rules stating that no club can speak to a player without permission, if that player is under contract with another club.
What do you think? Is this ‘trip’ by Barca officials pointless?
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