Despite Jose Mourinho’s desire to make some changes at Stamford Bridge this summer, Chelsea haven’t made much of a splash on the transfer market. That’s not likely to change any time soon—though a couple names keep coming up in transfer rumours.
The Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, has denied he wants to sign the Chelsea defender David Luiz. The former Barcelona manager said he was more than happy with the squad he has at his disposal, despite the German Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, in which Bayern lost 4-2.
"David Luiz will not be coming to Munich," he said. "I have four, five central defenders who I am very pleased with." The defeat to Dortmund, said the 42-year-old, changes nothing.
Considering the lofty price tag the Blues have reportedly slapped on a Luiz transfer, that comes as little surprise. Per Shaun Custis of The Sun, Chelsea wanted as much as £60 million for the defender:
New Bayern boss Pep Guardiola was keen on adding the versatile Brazilian, 26, to his squad and lined up a £40m package plus £5m in add-ons to tempt Blues.
But Chelsea insisted they did not want to sell and told the European champions: It’s £60m or we’re not interested.
Regardless of the rumoured dealings between Bayern and Chelsea, Luiz’s name is going to continue coming up in summer discussions—even after Mourinho adamantly denied the possibility of selling him.
As noted by Dominic Fifield of The Guardian, the Stamford Bridge boss wasn’t willing to include Luiz nor Juan Mata in a package to acquire Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and said there was “no chance” either player would be on the move this summer.
And yet Luiz’s name continues to come up in discussion. Per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com, La Liga side Barcelona are also preparing an offer for the 26-year-old:
Barcelona have stepped up their search for a defender by making a £25 million move for Chelsea’s David Luiz, Goal understands.
The Catalan giants are preparing a bid for the Brazilian after making him their primary centre-back target.
It is believed that Barca have enquired about Luiz’s availability and have been given encouragement that Chelsea could be willing to sell the 26-year-old.
Speculation is the nature of the beast when the summer transfer window is open. Regardless of what Chelsea says about Luiz’s availability, rumours will continue to swirl.
At 26, the Brazilian certainly deserves the attention. Granted, he’s not a true center-back and his defensive prowess is sometimes an uncertainty, but Luiz has the versatility and overall talent to be a big boost for a club in need of a defender also capable of making his presence felt in the attacking third.
The talent is certainly there, and the suitors are plentiful. Unless Mourinho flatly puts his foot down and removes all doubt, talk of a move from Stamford Bridge is going to continue.
Now that Bayern Munich have announced their disinterest in acquiring Luiz, Barcelona may have a window to push their agenda knowing the competition may not be as stiff as previously expected. But whether or not that actually proves to be the case, it’s a virtual certainty that clubs are going to continue pushing for Luiz until the transfer period ends.