It is always nice to have players being wanted by other clubs. However, that does not mean that they need to be sold.
That is the situation that Chelsea are in when it comes to David Luiz, who is wanted by the best squads in Europe.
According to Ed Malyon of Mirror Football, the defender has become the new top target for Barcelona after the club failed to get Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain. The defending La Liga champs have been linked to the veteran player for a while, but he recently signed a new contract with his current club.
This leaves Barcelona desperate for help on the back line, and they are willing to spend money. Wayne Veysey of Goal.com reports that the club is ready to make a £25 million bid for Luiz.
Of course, the Spanish club is not the only one in pursuit of the 26-year-old player. According to Jack de Menezes of The Independent, Bayern Munich are also in the hunt for the defender's services:
Bayern’s new manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of the Brazilian defender’s, and he was interested in bringing him to the Nou Camp during his reign as Barcelona boss.
The centre-back, who had been deployed in the defensive midfield role on occasion by former boss Rafa Benitez, could cost Bayern in excess of £40m.
This bidding war could end up being beneficial for Chelsea, who could use some funds while attempting to make some big moves this summer. Rob Draper of the Daily Mail reports that the club could increase its bid for Wayne Rooney to £30 million.
Despite the high prices that could be spent in this race, Chelsea would be making a mistake by allowing Luiz to change squads.
While inconsistent, the young player has shown points of brilliance in his time with the club. He was also excellent for Brazil this summer while helping his national team win the Confederations Cup. Plays like this certainly made an impact:
He is a versatile player who is not only solid defensively with his ability to disrupt an opposing attack, but he can also play in the holding midfield position while still contributing on the offensive end. On plenty of occasions, he showcased the ability to rip a long shot or make a nice cross to set up a goal.
Most importantly, he represents the future for the club at centre-back. Branislav Ivanovic can play either in the middle or on the right side, but eventually someone will need to replace John Terry as a defensive leader. Luiz can be that player.
Even Terry himself believed that to be the case during the year when he claimed that his teammate would be a future Chelsea captain. He said Luiz "has the personality of a leader," according to David Hytner of the Guardian.
This is not someone you want to get rid of before he goes onto a successful career with some other organization.
Fortunately, Jose Mourinho seems intent on keeping Luiz and even said he is "very important" for him, according to Hannah Duncan of Metro Sport. Of course, it would not be the first time a manager has changed his public statements about a certain player.
With two successful organizations desperate for an elite back, there is certain to be a lot of money on the line in a bidding war. However, money is only useful if it is used to reinvest in the club. Unfortunately, it is hard to imagine finding a better player available to replace the one that would be lost.
Luiz is talented and still improving, and he could be a world-class player if he keeps his focus and puts all of his tools together. Chelsea should be prepared to hold onto him as he enters the prime of his career.
Otherwise, this would be a move they would regret for a long time.
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