Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo today claims Barcelona’s initial bid of £25m was laughed out of the room by Chelsea, though the firm interest was enough for the player to inform the Blues that he wanted to leave.
Luiz’s stance has encouraged the La Liga champions, who are now prepared to raise their offer to around £31m. That, however, falls £12m short of Chelsea’s minimum expectation.
As is typical with a Barcelona transfer request, Daniel Alves publicly came out yesterday and said how great it would be to have that player at the Camp Nou
‘I always want the best for my friends and I tell them to come here if they can. As well as that, he is a great player.
‘The problem is not whether he wants to come, but that in the end you have to get away from Mourinho – and that is not going to be easy.
‘The idea of facilitating David Luiz coming to Barca would not pass through his head, and even less if it is to strengthen us. It is more than difficult for us, almost impossible.’
The problem for why are Barcelona leaving it so late in the transfer window to buy a defender? We have known for at least a year that Barca needed to sign one, if not two, top quality defenders. But leaving it so late they will have to pay a premium for someone, as the selling team will struggle to bring in another top class defender before the transfer window shuts.