Chelsea star wanted by Barcelona in summer deal

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Chelsea could struggle to keep hold of David Luiz this summer, as Barcelona have placed him on a shortlist of potential summer acquisitions.

According to reports in Spanish publication Sport, the Catalan giants have placed Luiz on their to-buy list, alongside some of the most esteemed central defenders in Europe. Following the retirement of Carles Puyol it’s thought that Gerardo Martino is concentrating his efforts of buying in a recognised defender who can partner Gerard Pique. They currently have Marc Bartra, though he is considered not yet ready to be a first-choice starter, whilst Javier Mascherano, though commonly used in the position, is not a natural central-back.

As such they have compiled a list of possible recruits, with Luiz said to feature highly next to the likes of Mats Hummels and Eliaquim Mangala. It’s unclear as of yet whether Jose Mourinho will be open to the idea of parting ways with the Brazilian, but with young French star Kurt Zouma already set to arrive at Stamford Bridge, it would seem that the long-term future of Chelsea’s back-line is one that doesn’t have Luiz as its focal point.

Since arriving in the Premier League the 26-year-old has come under constant criticism with regards to his performances at the back, with some suggesting that he isn’t cut out for the physicality of the English game. His attacking flair would definitely fit in at the Nou Camp, but whether Barca will be prepared to meet what would likely be a figure upwards of £25million remains to be seen.

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