Chelsea have just won the Europa League, the team’s second European trophy in as many seasons.
The success of their Europa League campaign can be credited in large part to center back/defensive midfielder David Luiz.
The Brazilian was vital to The Blues during their tough European stretch, providing goals and some great work in defence. Along with his Europa success, Luiz has enjoyed a splendid English Premier League season as well, and his form to finish off the season has been top notch.
The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in all competitions and has been a leader for Chelsea, helping to guide them to a top four spot, and a place in next season’s Champions League. At this moment in time, David Luiz’s value has never been higher.
Which brings me to my argument: Chelsea should sell David Luiz during this summer’s transfer window. Despite his good form, an argument can be made that there are many positives to cashing in on one of world football’s hottest commodities.
After the season Luiz has had, he has quickly shot up the most wanted transfer list for many clubs. In order to pry Luiz away from The Blues this summer, it is going to warrant a major money bid.
The Daily Mail is reporting that world football super power Barcelona are prepared to offer the English club £40 million for their star, and one could imagine that many other high profile clubs could offer similar bids. To put that £40 million number into perspective, last season Chelsea paid France’s Ligue 1 side Lille approximately £32 million for the young Belgian start, Eden Hazard.
Chelsea are rumored to be pursuing a big name striker this summer such as Atlético Madrid’s Falcao, Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, and Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski. None of these players will come cheap so an added £40 million would be very helpful.
Another thing that needs to be addressed is that David Luiz has flourished under caretaker manager Rafa Benítez and his managing style.
Benítez was the first Chelsea manager to explore putting Luiz in central midfield instead of central defence, and has reaped the benefits of Luiz’s excellent performance. But with Benítez not returning to Chelsea next season, will we see a drop off in the Brazilian’s production and performance?
It is a definite possibility that the upturn in Luiz’s fourtunes is down to Benitez and he is unlikely to garner the same support from Chelsea’s next manager.
The Blues would be wise to cash in on Luiz while they can, as another successful season is not promised, especially with a new manager, possibly José Mourinho, coming to town.
Of course there are many reasons to not sell the young man. He is blossoming into a superstar and leader in London. He also is a very talented and versatile player, with a skill set that cannot be matched by many others.
With Luiz now being the first choice over John Terry in defence, and the main free kick taker over Frank Lampard, could we be speaking about Chelsea’s next club captain?
Lastly, the Brazilian always brings popularity and publicity to the club, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is never one to shy away from publicity.
David Luiz is definitely one of the biggest characters and personalities playing football today. He is possibly the next greatest thing to come out of the powerhouse country of Brazil.
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