Chelsea defender attracts Barca interest

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David Luiz could be the subject of an enquiry from Barcelona at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mirror.


Barcelona have already turned their attention to planning for the summer transfer window with their hopes of winning La Liga and the Champions League over, with incoming boss Tito Vilanova said to be a fan of the former Benfica centre-back.


Luiz signed on the dotted line for the Blues 14 months ago in a deal worth around £24 million, with The Mirror claiming that a fee of around £30 million is required in order to prize the 25-year-old away from Stamford Bridge.


The Brazilian international has come in for his fair share of criticism this season, with former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville comparing his style of defending to that of a "ten-year-old on a Playstation”.


However Luiz has won over his detractors in recent months with a string of fine performances, although injury looks likely to curtail his season early.


Reports surfaced this week that Barcelona are ready for an overhaul of their squad this summer with Pep Guardiola’s impending departure.


David Villa, Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Ibrahim Afellay are all possible departures at the end of the season, with a host of players on the Catalan club’s transfer wish list, Luiz chief amongst them.


The Mirror reports that Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie are also targets for the reigning European champions, although with both likely to be expensive acquisitions if they can prise the pair away from their respective clubs, more realistic targets such as Valencia’s Jordi Alba have been identified.

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