Spanish giants Barcelona have made a formal £30m bid for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, but it is expected that the Premier League side will reject that bid as they want more for the Brazilian, according to the Daily Mail.

Barca officials and coaches believe they are short of defensive options and were forced to play centre-midfielders at centre-back for part of last season - and they have pin-pointed the Chelsea defender as a perfect long-term replacement for club legend Carles Puyol.

Luiz has become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge since joining from Portuguese side Benfica back in January 2011 for a fee estimated around £25m.

Despite being loved by the fans and becoming one of the club's best players, it is thought that there is a 50/50 chance on whether or not he will be there come next season as he may jump at the chance to join one of football's best teams.

Luiz isn't the only defender on Barca's radar as they are also weighing up bids for Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva and also Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, but it looks like Luiz is their number one target and late on Monday night, they made a formal £30m bid for the Brazilian.

It is thought Luiz would be interested in playing alongside the likes of Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, but he also wants to work with Brazilian team-mates Dani Alves and Neymar, who has recently joined the Catalan club.

The club do not want to have to play Javier Mascherano or Alex Song at the back next season, which they have had to do this year and they are eager to sign a proper centre-back so that they have enough depth at the back for next season.


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