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Chelsea stars on Barcelona's radar

Mata & Torres have been linked to Barcelona (©GettyImages)
Mata & Torres have been linked to Barcelona (©GettyImages).

With summer and the transfer season now in full swing, three of Chelsea's players have had their names linked with big-money moves to La Liga champions, Barcelona.

All three of the players in question are currently on show in the Confederations cup in Brazil: David Luiz, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.

Barcelona had interest in David Luiz before his midfield experiment which couldn't have gone better for the wild defender. But since his more advanced role at Chelsea, he really has impressed with notable goals against Fulham and Basel and the vision to pick out a pass which sets someone running.

But unfortunately he can be slightly unpredictable and has been recognised as one of the wildest players in the Premier league, sometimes for the wrong reasons.

Recently he was involved in an incident with Manchester United defender Rafael, where he was kicked out at, but Luiz was then caught on camera taking a another dramatic roll to get his compatriot sent off. He was also seen laughing about the whole situation, which is well within the realms of his personality.

But I struggle to see where he will fit in at the Nou Camp with his most likely playing position being shackled up at centre-back, not being played to his full potential. I can't see the Brazilian being too happy with a move there.

After two fantastic seasons in blue since joining from Valencia for £23.5m, it is not a surprise that the best all want Juan Mata's signature on their contract.

The Spanish playmaker can find a goal scoring pass almost anytime, in fact, Mata made 35 assists for the Blues last season, most notably providing the ball in from the corner for Branislav Ivanovic to win the Europa League in the dying moments for Chelsea.

He also knows where the goal is as well, netting 20 goals for Chelsea last season from both open play and free-kicks. Even though he is only 25-years-old, he plays with maturity and is not phased by any situation.

Mata is rumoured to not be part of Mourinho's plans at Chelsea and would certainly fit into a team like Barcelona with their attacking presence, but Mata is being kept out of the Spain first team by most of the Barca boys and the same may happen at the Nou Camp.

The third and slightly more surprising target is striker Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a much improved season at the Bridge and ended the season on 22 goals for Chelsea. But is that really amazing enough for the mighty Barcelona to come knocking?

Chelsea will not get anywhere near the £50m they paid for the Spanish international back, so already they will have to prepare for a heavy loss. If the transfer does happen Torres will be in direct competition with the likes of Lionel Messi, who will always come out on top.

Although I think it is likely Torres will depart, Barcelona is not the destination for him, even if they have offered to "swap their bench for ours."

Do you think any of these transfers will happen? If so, why?

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Topics:
Barcelona
Juan Mata
Fernando Torres
David Luiz
Football
Chelsea

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