Where there’s transfer speculation, there’s often David Luiz.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Barcelona for the better part of the last 18 months,= and the Blues reportedly rejected a £15m approach from the Blaugrana last summer.
Jose Mourinho has been hesitant to field the 27-year-old in central defence even after keeping hold of him, preferring to deploy the ex-Benfica man as a holding midfielder instead.
And rumours of a departure haven’t subsided as a result, nor has Catalan fans’ desire to see Luiz at the Camp Nou next season as Carles Puyol’s replacement.
Just days ago, Spanish outlet Diario Sport polled Barcelona supporters on whether they’d rather the club sign the Chelsea man, Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, or Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte - 70% said Luiz.
One man who wouldn’t like to see Barcelona get their hands on the Brazil international is PSG’s Thiago Motta, however.
The midfielder - born in Brazil but an Italy international - wants Luiz to join his Paris Saint Germain side, amongst a host of other stars.
“I’d like to see David Luiz, Chiellini, Pirlo, Pogba, Pjanic and Pedro join PSG to strengthen us both mentally and technically,” he said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We could do better in the Champions League [with these additions]. Chelsea seemed more prepared, both physically and mentally.”
In truth, the list amounts to fantasy football. The cost of signing the six players named would be astronomical, and reports have claimed wealthy PSG are already set to be handed sanctions for violating Financial Fair Play regulations.
Even isolating Luiz from the rest, it’s questionable whether Les Parisiens would go for him. The club already splashed out €31m on teenage centre-back Marquinhos, who should step in as the long term successor to the departing Alex.
And of course, as a player Thiago Motta doesn’t have any influence on PSG’s transfer policy to begin with.
If Luiz does leave Chelsea this summer, it seems likely his destination won’t be the French capital. Apologies, Thiago, doesn’t look like you’ll get your wish.