David Luiz reveals he nearly joined Barcelona

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Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed he came close to joining Barcelona this summer prior to his £50m transfer to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. (London 24)

The Brazil international is set to face his old club when PSG take on the Blues in the Champions League this evening, and Luiz has spoken positively about his first few months in France, insisting he has no regrets about leaving Stamford Bridge.

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The 27-year-old was only a bit-part player under Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese coach grew concerned by his erratic displays, and opted to cash-in when a big-money offer was made for the South American's services.

Barcelona are believed to have made more than one offer to sign Luiz during the summer, but Chelsea stood firm in an attempt to get more money - which eventually came from PSG.

Regardless of the negotiations that came beforehand Luiz is pleased that he secured a move to Paris, despite the illustrious history of the Catalan club that courted him as well.

Chelsea gossip:

Jose Mourinho has given an update on the condition of Chelsea's strikers ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon. (

Diego Costa will lead the line in Portugal on Tuesday evening after club legend Didier Drogba suffered an ankle injury in training, and is set for a short spell on the sidelines.

Chelsea will fail in any attempt to land Barcelona wonderkid Munir El Haddadi in January, as neither he nor his club want a transfer to happen. (Sport)

Jose Mourinho has been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old midfielder and holds hopes of one day luring the talented teenager to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he would be prepared to join another Premier League club should Roman Abramovich decide to sack him. (The Mirror)

The Special One started a second spell at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013, but knows that the Blues owner remains trigger happy, and is aware that he'll need to start winning trophies to remain in west London.

Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand has dropped the biggest hint yet that his loan move to Southampton could become a permanent one in the future. (The Metro)

The 25-year-old is currently enjoying a productive spell at St Mary's, and the south coast club retain an option to buy at the end of the season for £10 million.

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