Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has granted David Luiz permission to join Barcelona this summer - and the Brazil international could complete his move to the Camp Nou after next month's World Cup finals.

Barcelona had a £35m bid turned down for the 27-year-old last summer, but Mourinho has now agreed for the versatile defender to sign for the Catalan giants, according to Mundo Deportivo. Luis Enrique, who is expected to replace Gerardo Martino as Barcelona head coach in the coming weeks, will have the final say - but the current Celta Vigo boss is expected to give the green light for talks to proceed.

Luiz will only leave Chelsea for Barcelona, who require a new central defender for the coming seasons following Carles Puyol's decision to leave the club at the end of the season. The South American has won three trophies - the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League - since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Benfica in 2011.

However, the centre-back - who can also play as a holding midfielder - has endured a frustrating campaign with the west London outfit, making just 19 Premier League appearances all season. Mourinho has preferred the centre-back partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill, while defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic was signed for £21m in January.

With a deal already wrapped up for French centre-back Kurt Zouma and a new central midfielder also expected to arrive at the Bridge this summer, Luiz's first-team opportunities are likely to become increasingly limited, hence Mourinho's decision to allow the Brazilian to leave the club.

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