Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Shouldn't Be Concerned by David Luiz Speculation

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2013

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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David Luiz won't be going anywhere this summer, first and foremost Barcelona.

The Daily Star's Paul Brown reports that the Chelsea centre-back is unaware of any interest from the Spanish club:

Just like Real Madrid target Luis Suarez 24 hours before him, Luiz has refused to rule out a move to Spain. He said: "My objective is to be happy and this is possible playing always in a team that controls the ball.

"Barcelona is the team that has developed the best football in the last few years. I know Barca were interested in my services in the past but now I do not have any news."

Smiling, he added: "Problems with the Spanish language? No. I speak Spanish."

The Catalan giants are one of the few clubs that could rival the Blues for Luiz's services. Plus, Barcelona's style would fit him perfectly.

Rob Beasley of The Sun is reporting Chelsea has officially signed on Jose Mourinho in a £40 million deal. Even if he isn't the Blues manager yet, it's only a matter of time before the Special One does so.

That's why Luiz's comments about the style of play may seem a little cryptic. Mourinho has not been known for his beautiful, free-flowing football. Instead, he's much more of a pragmatist and utilized the counter to success at Real Madrid.

Fear not, Blues supporters, for there seems to be little reason for Luiz to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Chelsea will have Champions League football next season, so there's no threat of him leaving because the club has fallen out of the top four.

If anything, the hiring of Mourinho should be a great boost to the players, even if his style clashes with Luiz's sentiment. It didn't work out at Real Madrid, but that is one of the few clubs in the world that will always be bigger than the manager. Mourinho couldn't work his magic like he did at Inter, Porto and Chelsea.

The club has a legitimate shot at the Premier League title, considering how Manchester United and Manchester City are also welcoming new managers as well. Tottenham and Arsenal should challenge for a top-four spot next year, but the title will likely reside in either Stamford Bridge or the city of Manchester.

With Mourinho's European record, a deep run in the Champions League is not out of the question, either.

That's competing on the two biggest fronts of the campaign. Granted, Barcelona will likely be competing for league and European titles as well.

Aside from the sporting aspects, Luiz has carved out a great place for himself at Chelsea. John Terry has gone on record talking about the Portuguese defender as a future captain for the Blues. You dont' often see a player remain loyal to any one club for very long, but Luiz could have a long and fruitful career with Chelsea.

Unfortunately for Barcelona, they don't seem to have the finances to push any deal through, per Luis Rojo of

Barcelona will struggle to bring the player to Camp Nou. After Neymar's signing, the coffers are empty. The official figures are not yet out, but word on the street says that the Brazilian deal is going to be upwards of €50 million.

This whopping amount is the club's total budget for the season's signings, and therefore any possible money will have to come from the sale of its players. Money that the club will get for Valdés doesn´t count, as it will immediately be used to buy his replacement.

David Villa will not get the club more than €15 million, and therefore to bring David Luiz other players such as Thiago or Tello will have to be sold first.

That could be the biggest thing going for Chelsea. They're in the position where they don't have to bow down to whatever Barcelona's price would be. Plus, the club has already signed Luiz to an extension through 2017, so there's no threat of him leaving for free anytime soon.

The Blues can hold out for €40-€50 million, which Barca will almost certainly not be able to match, unless they sell a younger player who has yet to reach his prime.

Whether it's in the back four or midfield, Luiz will be playing at Chelsea next season.


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