Chelsea braced for £24.7m June interest in top star

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will be the subject of a fresh £24.7m offer from Barcelona this summer as the Catalan giants prepare for life without Carles Puyol, according to The Telegraph.

Luiz is a long-term Barcelona target thanks to his ability to dictate play with confidence from central defence or even midfield, although the Brazilian international turned down a move to the Camp Nou last year to fight for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge.

Barca are not prepared to accept defeat in their chase for a long-term successor to Puyol in central defence though, with The Telegraph reporting that the defending La Liga champions want a deal wrapped up before this summer's World Cup begins in mid-June.

The 26-year-old is a vital part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad and will want not want speculation over his future taking focus away from the tournament, which means Barca will need to do a deal either before or after the summer showpiece.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho will have a big decision to make over the versatile star, who has largely had to make do with a withdrawn midfield role thanks to John Terry and Gary Cahill's partnership in central defence.

French defensive starlet Kurt Zouma is also due to arrive at Stamford Bridge next season in a £12.5m deal agreed in January, which combined with Nemanja Matic making a strong start to life at Chelsea means Luiz may well be surplus to requirements at the close of the campaign.

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