While many fans are still singing for Alex Song, the Barcelona front office has been busy moving pieces. In the latest rumor, Sam Wallace says, "Strong interest in David Luiz all summer from Barcelona, who have been told by #CFC price is £30m."
The defensive mantra has been overshadowed in Camp Nou in the past, but now the team is shifting its pieces in an effort to win now with young talent. Although Wallace, the chief football correspondent for The Independent newspaper, later tweeted, "David Luiz attending a Nike event in Barcelona, according to CFC. Assured it is nothing more than that," it would be foolish to believe the Barca front office isn't giddy to be in the Luiz sweepstakes.
The 25-year-old defender has been a fixture on the Chelsea back line and has a great touch and ability to posses the ball, a staple in the passing-frenzy style of Barca. Luiz also brings invaluable experience in big games, as both a Champions League and FA Cup champion.
By bolstering its midfield with Song and its back line with Luiz, Barca improves its chances behind an already elite attack. Don't expect the price tag to be a deterrent in the cash chase for Luiz, as Barca has been rumored to be willing to open its wallet to the tune of £35 million, according to Sami Mokbel.
The Daily Mail reporter wrote in June that "Chelsea will fight to keep hold of their ball-playing central-defender at Stamford Bridge, with owner Roman Abramovich said to be 'extremely reluctant' to sanction Luiz's exit."
But a bidding war and a luring of top prospects could change Abramovich's stance and tighten Barca's back line in an instant. Barca certainly has the cash, according to Mokbel, and it may need it, as Chelsea recently smashed a move to Manchester City. The Sun reported that "Chelsea have rejected Manchester City's £30 million bid for David Luiz," according to Fox Sports.
Mokbel added: "Though, that could change should the former Benfica star show any inclination that he wants a move to the Nou Camp. Barca are looking for a long-term successor to injury-prone captain Carles Puyol and could offer £35 million for Luiz."
As for now, the frenzy only builds, with Luiz even being fined and sitting out for talking about it (via the Daily Mail). Barca, who allowed the fewest goals in La Liga last season, will get richer with the move.
Don't expect this to go away soon, unless Barca makes a smart move by swiftly emptying its pockets.