David Luiz’ proposed move to Barcelona is in doubt according to the Catalan press.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona officials don’t feel that the Brazilian meets the right criteria, which contradicts recent reports that he’s already agreed a deal to move to the Nou Camp next season.
Luiz has been touted as the long term replacement to Carles Puyol in the Barca back four, with the Spanish legend having confirmed that he’s played his final game for the club.
MD suggests that the Barcelona hierarchy feels there are several problems attached to Luiz, should they push to sign him on a long term deal.
“David Luiz is not the defender chosen by the club to cover the farewell of Puyol and perhaps Javier Mascherano. The Chelsea defender does not meet the technical, economic profile sporting look Barcelona are looking for,” reads MD’s report.
The news will come as temporary relief to Blues fans because another giant European side are also linked with the centre-back.
Bayern Munich appear to be circling Luiz like a shark, potentially hoping that reports of this nature would emerge in Spain, which give them a better chance of going after and signing the defender.
Bayern are reportedly ready to offload Mario Mandzukic in a deal to get Luiz, which would give them an edge over any other side apparently interested in signing him.
However, there is still a very good chance that he could start next season in Chelsea colours.
He’s proved how useful he can be to current manager Jose Mourinho already this season, covering in the back four and also as an alternative to Nemanja Matic in the holding midfield role.
There were numerous examples last season for Chelsea where Luiz stepped into the midfield to form an extra barrier of protection playing alongside Matic and John Obi Mikel.
Mikel could well leave Stamford Bridge this summer, which means if Mourinho wants to use the same tactic of having two defensive midfield men in his side, it’s more important for him to keep the Brazilian.
It should be fascinating to see how this saga pans out.