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Barcelona calling for David Luiz

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Chelsea’s Brazilian star David Luiz could seize an opportunity to make a big money move to Barcelona this summer. According to reports in The Metro, the 26 year old has expressed his desire to play for the Catalans, after reports emerged of the defender being unlikely to feature in incoming coach Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season.

The Brazilian was quoted saying, “My objective is to be happy and this is possible by playing in a team that controls the ball. Barcelona is the team that plays the best football in the last few years.” However, Luiz was also quick to shun any unwanted rumours (which have actually been fuelled by his interview) by saying that he doesn’t have any other news other than knowing that Barca are interested in him.

 

Luiz is being targeted by other clubs like Real Madrid and Napoli too. However, the Catalans are the frontrunners to bag the signature of the 32 million pound rated defender.

When quizzed further about his possible destination on Saturday before England's game against Brazil, the Chelsea defender told the Sun, “I really don’t want to talk about my future. At the moment I am only thinking about the national team.”

Barcelona are in desperate need to resurrect their defence after having decided to let go of Eric Abidal while the long term future of the ageing Carles Puyol remains shrouded in doubt. However, budget allocation could prove to be a slight problem for the La Liga side, who paid a hefty sum for Neymar recently. With a few players like David Villa, Victor Valdes and Thiago Alcantara on their offloading agenda, the Catalans could hope to fund Luiz’s transfer with returns from these sales. But another major concern could be their proposed expenditure for Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, for whom the Reds are likely to play hardball.