The Daily Mirror recently reported that FC Barcelona are interested in signing Chelsea defender David Luiz.
Outgoing manager Pep Guardiola was understood to be interested in the defender while he was coach of Barcelona, according to the report.
Current manager Tito Vilanova is interested in revamping the team during the summer transfer window, and it would appear that a deal could be done before the beginning of next season.
At this stage, it should be noted that Barcelona signing Luiz is just another rumor, much like Didier Drogba ending his career at Camp Nou.
It will not and should not happen.
UEFA Financial Fair Play
The UEFA financial fair play concept may be one of the reasons why Luiz will remain at Chelsea, as Barcelona would have to spend $48m in order to pry the defender from Stamford Bridge.
In order to have that amount of money, La Blaugrana would have to sell players. That could include Eric Abidal, Seydou Keita and other players in their 30s.
UEFA would still look at Barcelona's budget to see if such transactions are possible. After all, Barcelona (as well as other clubs in Europe) have to comply with UEFA.
Barca B and Juvenil A
Luiz: Personal Decision
Chelsea would be making a mistake in allowing Luiz to leave. The Blues are beginning to take shape under Roberto Di Matteo.
It appears that Chelsea are set for a revival of fortunes after their shock victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal.
It remains to be seen what will transpire during this summer transfer window.