Log onto the homepage of Catalan based newspaper Sport this morning and you’ll see a leading story with a picture of Chelsea defender David Luiz on display.
The report suggests that Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has a three point plan over how he wants to develop the Spanish champions this summer leading into the challenge of next season.
The three point plan in short relates to a goalkeeper to replace Victor Valdes, most likely Marc-Andre ter Stegen, a right-back and a versatile central defender to play in the heart of the defence.
“Gerardo Martino has three basic points for his future project of the club, here we reveal them; ter Stegen in goal – Rafinha – a versatile central player,” reads the report on Sport’s website.
While the report doesn’t name David Luiz as the central defensive target, the fact the report carries a picture of him as the lead creates the impression the Brazilian is the centre back Barcelona will go after this summer.
For Chelsea fans this won’t be anything new.
Barcelona have already seen one approach knocked back by Luiz last summer and he’s maintained his allegiance to Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, not giving the impression that he wants to leave.
However, several reports last month wrote about the fact that the Blues were open to doing a deal with Barcelona with reported fees of close to £30 million in some stories, which would apparently tip the balance.
Chelsea will be looking to invest in a new defender in the near future as John Terry edges closer to the end of his career, but whether they will axe the Brazilian in the process remains to be seen.
Luiz is never going to be the textbook central defender but he offers versatility and passion, which are two values that Mourinho has always held dear with any player he’s coached throughout his career.
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