English newspaper Daily Mirror has reported today that Barcelona are confident they will be able to sign players this summer, and have reignited their move for Chelsea defender David Luiz, not least with boss Gerardo Martino expected to leave the club to take over as Argentine national team coach after the 2014 World Cup finals. The Catalan giants have Vice President Manel Arroyo working on an appeal to the year-long ban imposed by FIFA for breaching rules on the transfer of under-18 players.
Luiz has been used on a limited basis by Jose Mourinho this season, handing the 26 year old just 15 starts out of 35 Premier League fixtures, and in a similar situation to Juan Mata it seems that the Chelsea manager is ready to cash-in on a player who is not a significant part of his plans.
Mirror reports that The move of Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is virtually certain, while Barca have made contact once again over buying David Luiz from Chelsea.
Mourinho is keen to adopt a sensible approach during the transfer window and will look to trim his squad ahead of bring in a fair few new additions, much as he did in January.
Luiz played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League and Europa League triumphs but may now feel the time is right to leave the west London club and a move to replace veteran Carles Puyol at Barcelona is sure to tempt the former Benfica man.
If Luiz were allowed to leave it would be another sign that Mourinho still have faith in Chelsea captain John Terry, 33, who is set to be offered a one-year contact extension.
Chelsea rejected Barcelona’s advances last summer, insisting that they wanted more than £50 million for Luiz in a successful attempt to kill any effort to negotiate.
Barcelona are understood to have offered only just over £20 million and while they are planning an increased bid, it may still not be enough to tempt Chelsea, with Mourinho continuing to publicly insist Luiz remains in his plans.
Luiz is regarded as a big personality as well as a good player and is a strong character in the dressing room. There was some frustration with him at Chelsea earlier this season with the sense that he might have been unhappy at not being granted a move to Barcelona.
Bayern Munich also showed interest in Luiz, stopping short of making a formal offer, but Barcelona were always front-runners. Should he leave Chelsea Luiz will not remain in the Premier League.
Chelsea management is expected to sign at least one big name striker in the summer and heavy investment is going to be needed for the same. In order to free some much needed cash, Stamford Bridge club might decide to sell the Brazilian.