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Barcelona will have to pay €35m to sign Chelsea ace David Luiz

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Barcelona have been told they will have to cough up €35 million if they wish to land Chelsea defender David Luiz in the summer.

The Catalan club have been in the market for a new defender since last summer - however they are yet to add any reinforcements at the back having missed out on a string of high-profile targets.

They will have to wait until the end of the season if they want to prise Luiz away from Chelsea, and according to Marca have been told that it will cost them €35 million if they want to get their man.

The paper adds that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho isn't adverse to the sale of the Brazilian, but won't let him leave on the cheap.

Chelsea are also said to be holding tight with the World Cup on the horizon, which is only likely to increase Luiz's value.

Barcelona have looked short at the back in recent seasons thanks to a string of injuries suffered by stalwart Carles Puyol, with the likes of Javier Mascherano and youngster Marc Bartra filling in alongside Gerard Pique.

They have been linked with moves for various defenders including Liverpool's Daniel Agger and Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva over the past six months, along with Luiz.

The Brazilian joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011 for a fee of around £21 million. Since then, he's made 72 Premier League appearances for the club - although he has not been immune to criticism in that time.

Previous reports have suggested that Mourinho is growing tired of Luiz's erratic form and is willing to let him leave for the right price.

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