Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is being widely reported as a managerial candidate for Barcelona.
Despite the fact that the Spanish giants have performed well under Gerardo Martino this season, that hasn’t stopped reports suggesting the club are lining up the Brazilian national coach to replace the Barca boss after the World Cup.
It’s Chelsea who should be worried about the reports because if they are accurate, Barca could have another go at signing David Luiz for the second summer in a row.
Barca made an approach to Chelsea’s central defender last summer, which was dismissed by the Brazilian but he could be more receptive to a Nou Camp transfer, if the man he plays under for Brazil is in charge.
There is also the World Cup to consider with Brazil standing every chance of doing well in front of home fans.
If Brazil win the World Cup and Scolari then moves to Barcelona to takeover as coach, there is a natural and successful link in place between Scolari and arguably Chelsea’s most important defender.
However, regardless of David Luiz’ playing style and the question of whether he fits into the way Jose Mourinho wants to play football, the Blues hold all the power in the matter.
Luiz is on a contract with the Blues until the summer of 2017 and Mourinho has also been very clear that he doesn’t expect the Brazilian to walk away from the club any time soon.
“Everything is clear. He’s our player and we are happy he’s back in a moment when we need him and John in defence,” said the Portuguese boss.
Whether that stops a Barcelona led Scolari from testing the water with another big offer for the defender is another question but an awful lot has to happen before that’s even possible.
Barcelona stand every chance of winning La Liga and the Champions League by the end of the season, it would then take a very brave man to tell Martino that he’s not the coach to guide the side forward.
It’s a story and an idea to keep an eye on but Chelsea fans can breathe easy for now.
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