It has been confirmed that Spanish heavyweights Barcelona have made an official bid for Chelsea's curly-haired defender David Luiz, reports Sky Sports.
The Brazil international has been linked with a possible summer move to the Camp Nou, and now that interest has materialised in the form of an official bid.
However, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports and insists - as he has done all summer - that the highly rated 26-year-old is key to his plans at Stamford Bridge; with the bid almost certainly to be rejected out right.
Luiz signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea last September and has made over 100 appearances since joining from Benfica in January 2011.
Despite being used as a central defender, Luiz has scored many wonderful and important goals for Chelsea, and has constantly showed his talents in every area of the pitch.
With the supporters, he's quickly become a fan favourite and his 'legendary' status grows with each match.
Although Luiz had a rocky start to his Chelsea career; giving away cheap penalties and generally being hot blooded when challenging for the ball, his ship has steadied dramatically. He is solid in defence and potent in attack, with fantastic dead ball abilities, wonderful vision and glorious goals to his name.
Pundits, managers, players and Mourinho, know just how important he is, so it's no wonder why Luiz has been linked with massive clubs like Manchester United, Bayern Munich and of course Barcelona.
Speaking shortly after his side's 2-0 victory over Italian giants AC Milan, Mourinho said: "David has come back with us fantastically and we have to use his quality."
He continued to praise Luiz by saying: "He has big self-confidence and self-esteem, especially when he comes up from the back with the ball."
There has been talk and speculation about a possible move for Luiz, with some suggesting that he and even Juan Mata would be used as part of a player and cash deal for Wayne Rooney; although many doubt the authenticity of these claims.
It is highly unlikely that Mourinho would offload any of his players, especially two of such calibre and importance. Although, now the bidding has begun, I wonder who else will pitch in with a fresh offer to tempt the Blue's boardroom.
Chelsea fans can breath a sigh of relief for now, that so far the conjecture, rumours and the official bid from Barcelona have been utterly rebuffed. Mourinho insists that there is "no chance" of Luiz leaving Stamford Bridge, and for Chelsea's sake I hope he doesn't.
Luiz is definitely one of Chelsea's special players, but will the lure of Camp Nou be too much? Will the offer be too great? Or, will Luiz remain a true Blue?
What do you think of David Luiz - should he stay at Chelsea and is he an important player for the Blues?
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