Bayern Munich will have to pay an additional £15million as part of their proposed swap deal to land Chelsea’s David Luiz in exchange for Mario Mandzukic this summer.
Yesterday it was revealed that Chelsea were open to the idea of letting their Brazilian defender move to the Allianz Arena so long as they got Mandzukic in return. However now, according to the Mirror, the reigning German champions will have to stump up £15million on top to appease Jose Mourinho. It’s thought that the Special One is looking to add the Croatian forward to his front-line, as he has already virtually guaranteed the arrival of Diego Costa.
Both Luiz and Mandzukic are considered surplus to requirements at their current clubs, with the former having struggled to find his defensive niche in the Premier League and the latter widely tipped to lose his place to the incoming Robert Lewandowski. As such a direct swap for the players makes sense, even if Barcelona still harbour hopes of landing Luiz as a replacement for Carles Puyol.
What’s more interesting is the additional fee the Blues are now said to be holding out for. With Mourinho and co. valuing Luiz at around £25million, their counter-offer to Bayern must mean that they consider Mandzukic to be worth around £10million. If their Bundesliga counterparts don’t agree however negotiations could quite easily become more complicated.