The January transfer market is fast approaching and the search of Barcelona is still on for a solid central defender. The name of David Luiz has returned to the fray over the past few hours.
Both English and Spanish media have linked the Catalan side with the Brazil and Chelsea star. ‘Marca’, ‘The Daily Star’ and ‘The Daily Express’ have all reported today that Barcelona is closing in on the Chelsea player, despite the fact that he would be unable to play Champions League football for the ‘Azulgrana’ outfit.
Primarily a Central Defender, Luiz can also be utilised as a Left Back or as Defensive Midfielder. The Brazilian have started in just 5 games this season and the arrival of Mourinho as coach have also increased the rumors regarding his future.
Barça would have to shell out €35 million to reinforce its squad with a player who the Blaugrana directors have been keeping a close eye on over the last few seasons. The Catalans were also linked heavily with the curly haired Brazilian during the summer transfer window but baulked at the huge price tag.
Messi’s Contract Won’t be Upped This Year
Javier Faus, Barcelona’s vice-president of finance, doesn’t believe that the club is about to improve Lionel Messi’s contract, since it was extended last year.
In an interview to ‘RAC1’, Faus discussed the about the clubs’ plans. “I don’t know why we would need to do it again. We don’t need to offer an improved contract every six months”, said the vice-president. However, he also explained that in any case this would count as a sporting decision and thus be a decision taken by Andoni Zubizarreta.
Contract renewal issue of Messi has been widely discussed in all sections of media and the player himself stated in the last month that “ He is no short of suitors.”
The director has assured fans that there is “zero possibility” that Barça would sell the player under any circumstances, particularly whilst Sandro Rosell remained in charge of the club – his term expires in 2016.
Barcelona President has been accused of fraud in Neymar’s transfer to the club. Faus used the word “extemporaneous” to classify accusations being made against Rosell in relation to Neymar’s transfer. He also clarified that Barça has “many confidentiality policies” in place.
Faus also took time to explain the Pique situation. He explained that he hoped the issue of Gerard Piqué’s contract would be resolved soon, and said that he believes Sergio Busquets is happy with his new contract. “He renewed his contract recently. He’s the future”, concluded Faus.