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In sharp contrast to Tuesday night, Wednesday proved to be a much better day to be the home side in the UEFA Champions League as Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid registered good wins to give themselves every chance of advancing to the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

PSG, who are very much in the same mould that Chelsea were 10 years ago, are still very much a work in progress, but they were good enough to get the business done against the 2012 European Champions 3-1 on the night. Ezequiel Lavezzi was the star of the show for the Parisiens, with the Argentine winger opening the scoring in the 3rd minute after John Terry's poor header in the box gifted him an opportunity which he took with glee.

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The race to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz is heating up considerably with Paris St. Germain tossing their hat into the ring to challenge Barcelona for the Brazilian defender, should Chelsea decide to make the 27 year old available for transfer in the summer.

PSG are keen to reunite Luiz with his international teammate and skipper Thiago Silva at the heart of their defence, and are keen to bring in Luiz as a replacement for another former Chelsea defender, Alex. Luiz has been used sparingly as a center back in the Premier League this season with Manager Jose Mourinho preferring to play the error prone Brazilian in a defensive midfield role, where his distribution skills come in more handy. As much as Mourinho would hate to admit it, it was formerly his arch rival Rafa Benitez, who tried Luiz as a defensive midfielder with great success last season.

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Barcelona are looking to prise away Brazilian David Luiz in the summer, if reports in the Metro are to be believed. Chelsea have not been able to offer regular playing time to Luiz this season, and the Catalans are hoping that this is reason enough for the center back to switch clubs in a possible £30 million deal.

Luiz, who was bought from Benfica in January, 2011 has been a firm fan favourite among the Chelsea supporters, but has not been a regular starter ever since Mourinho returned for a second stint at the club. He was seen as too risky to be played in defence and instead Gary Cahill has been preferred ahead of the eccentric Brazilian.

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Rafa Benitez has swiped away all rumours of him signing the unsettled Chelsea pair of David Luiz and Juan Manuel Mata. Speaking to the Italian media, Benitez said, “I read in the papers that we are close to a deal for Mascherano, David Luiz and Mata, but that is not true. It is very difficult to get players like that.”

David Luiz and Juan Mata have found life difficult under Jose Mourinho with the former making just 9 Premier League appearances this term and the latter making 13 out their team’s total of 20 games played till date. With the World Cup only a few months away, the game’s top international stars will look to rack up ample playing time with the motive of impressing their country’s bosses. Nine game and Thirteen games in the League for a Brazilian and a Spaniard is not enough to make a statement.

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Chelsea fans can possibly heave a sigh of relief after Bayern Munich dismissed rumours that they would be making a move for Brazilian centre back, David Luiz, this January. In a report carried by the Metro, the Bavarian side’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge categorically denied that Luiz was a transfer target for the treble winning German team.

Speculation has been mounting in England regarding the 26 year-old’s potential exit from the London side following his inability to cement a regular first team slot under the managerial tenure of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho has preferred the defensive duo of Gary Cahill and John Terry over Luiz holding the notion that the two English centre backs are more disciplined in their positions. Luiz has only notched up the odd appearance this season and this has seen the papers linking him with moves to Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

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It would appear that Barcelona is undeterred by their failure this summer to land Brazilian defender David Luiz. The Catalan giants are however refusing to take no for an answer and the Daily Star reports that come January, the La Liga Champions will once more try to entice the Blues centre-back.

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has revealed to the Daily Star that the decision to not recruit Luiz was the prerogative of his coach who believed that the price they were being quoted for Luiz's signature didn't match Barca's valuation of the player. On the question of whether all hope is lost in the Luiz pursuits, Rosell chose to subtly imply his ambition, “we will see what happens in January."

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Arsenal are on the verge of acquiring the services of Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, according to reports in The Metro, which reveals that the clubs have agreed on a fee of £14 million for the Brazilian's transfer to the Emirates.

Gustavo has himself been keen to move away from the Allianz Arena, given his limited chances last season which if continued this year, could hamper his 2014 FIFA World Cup prospects. And with new signing Thiago Alcantara already being manager Pep Guardiola’s first choice for the position, it would have become even harder for the Brazilian to get exposed to regular playing time, having lost his starting berth to Javi Martinez last season.

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