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David Luiz's agent reportedly in talks with Barcelona

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Chelsea defender David Luiz is still Barcelona's top transfer target this summer after the club sent director of football Raul Sanllehi to London to open talks with the player's agent, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims Luiz is willing to accept a lower salary to play alongside Brazil teammates Neymar and Dani Alves.

But Chelsea are adamant they won't be selling the centre-back, with Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho planning to make it plain that Luiz is a key member of his Chelsea squad.

El Mundo Deportivo suggests Barcelona's director of football Raul Sanllehí travelled to London earlier this week for talks with Luiz's agent, Giuliano Bertolucci.

And having missed out on Paris St Germain star Thiago Silva - he recently signed a new contract - Gerardo Martino's side are reportedly considering a €46m bid for Luiz.

Chelsea rested the 26-year-old centre-back for the preseason match against AC Milan on Sunday after picking up a slight hamstring strain in training. He should return against Roma for the final game of the tour on Saturday.

The Brazilian was first linked with a Chelsea exit following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, with Barcelona the chief suitors as they look to strengthen their defence.

Mourinho reportedly didn't fancy Luiz at the heart of his Blues back-line.

But a Daily Mirror report suggests Mourinho actually believes Luiz is crucial to Chelsea's hopes of regaining the Premier League title next season, and do whatever it takes to keep him at the club.

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