How one phone call could seal David Luiz' Barcelona move

Barcelona's move for Chelsea defender David Luiz could depend on who is in charge at the Nou Camp next season.

Chelsea defender David Luiz continues to be strongly linked with a move to Barcelona and a single phone call could seal the deal.

Barca are expected to replace Tata Martino with Luis Enrique once the La Liga season has finished and Marca has pointed to the English press in suggesting the deal depends on that very sequence of events.

“The deal is awaiting the green light from the man who will soon be the Catalan club's new manager, Luis Enrique,” writes Marca.

“It is assured that both parties will make the agreement official once the Brazil World Cup is over. The money received for the player will allow Chelsea to find the funds needed to ensure Diego Costa's transfer to the London club.”

The deal clearly hangs on Enrique becoming new boss and talking to Luiz to get him committed to a Barcelona transfer, but it’s that very idea which could see the move fall apart.

If Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid this weekend, they’ll win La Liga which could see Martino viewed in a whole new light by officials at the Catalan club.

The desire to see him sacked seems to be based on underachieving this season but if Barca retain their league title, that can hardly be considered a failure.

Luis Enrique has been pictured in the Spanish press meeting with various officials of the Nou Camp club but the case for keeping Martino is greatly strengthened through the form of silverware.

It’s also interesting that Jose Mourinho has been very quiet while the speculation over the future of one of his key players has been rolling on.

The idea is that the cash generated through selling Luiz will help fund the cost of a deal to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, but there’s a very good chance that Mourinho may want to keep the Brazilian on next season.

An awful lot has to happen before Enrique even gets the chance to make that phone call to the player, which could pave the way for him to move to Spain.

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