Barcelona still chasing Chelsea star David Luiz

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Barcelona have rekindled their interest in Chelsea defender David Luiz as they grow confident of overturning their season-long transfer embargo, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Catalan club were hit with the devastating ban following rule breaches concerning the contracts of non-European youngsters. They have been banned from registering new players in each of the next two windows, meaning they would not be able to sign anyone until the summer of 2015.

However, Barcelona's vice president Manel Arroyo has been working hard to put an appeal together and are confident of successfully challenging Fifa's decision. They believe their chances of at least landing a temporary reprieve are likely and are reigniting their transfer plans  as a result.

Their first order of business will be to replace Carles Puyol, who has already confirmed his intentions to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires in June.

Barcelona believe Chelsea star David Luiz will be the perfect long-term replacement for Puyol. Not only does Luiz embody to free flowing football Barcelona fans demand to see, he also looks like Puyol - for what it's worth.

Jose Mourinho is believe to want as much as £25m for the Brazilian international despite the fact he has been left unconvinced by his ability this season.

Mourinho has opted to use veteran John Terry at centre-back and has, more-or-less, been rewarded for that decision. Terry has shown some fine form for the Blues.

Terry's form, coupled with the acquisition of Kurt Zouma, means Mourinho is happy to see Luis leave for Barcelona, but won't accept less than the aforementioned £25m.

Barcelona are preparing for a big summer of change as Victor Valdes is also set to leave alongside Puyol and manager Gerardo Martino, who has provisionally agreed to become Argentina's head coach after the World Cup.

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