Barcelona Transfer News: Barca Face Uphill Battle to Land Chelsea's David Luiz

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  David Luiz of Chelsea shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Barcelona are always hunting for ways to bolster their squad, which is why the club remains one of the best in Europe year in and year out. The defending La Liga champions have a lot of work to do if they want to sign David Luiz away from Chelsea, though.

John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports Barca are looking to make a late push to sign the 26-year-old Brazilian international, who they previously tried to bring to Camp Nou last summer. He had a strong showing in the Confederations Cup during the club offseason.

Barcelona are ready to make a last-ditch effort to buy Chelsea's £40 million-rated defender David Luiz.

Brazil star Luiz has been top of Barca's wish-list all summer as they look to bring in a new centre-half.

The report goes on to say Barcelona likely wouldn't be willing to offer more than £30 million, but are hoping the Brazil national team connection to Neymar helps intrigue Luiz enough to push for a deal.

Although the defender would be a nice fit for Barca, it would be a surprise if a deal got done. The latest transfer talk comes just a couple weeks after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said there was no way he would move Luiz or midfielder Juan Mata.

The remarks from Mourinho were passed along by Sky Sports after their names were brought up in connection with a possible move for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney. The returning boss made it clear that wasn't the case.

Asked about the possibility of selling either, he said: "No chance. No chance.

"I am not going to contact them based on news that is not true and that they know that it is not true, because I told them they are very important for me."

Luiz, who had a reputation earlier in his career as a mistake-prone defender, has made major strides over the past year. His progress really started in the second half of last season with the Blues and was evident during Brazil's run in the Confederations Cup.

Most notably, he's become far more consistent and has started to limit the mental mistakes that held him back in the past. When you pair that with his versatility and work rate, it's easy to understand why Mourinho doesn't want to move him.

At the same time, that's why Barcelona continues to pursue him.

After adding his countryman Neymar to serve as a dynamic asset on the attack, signing Luiz would give the club more talent at the back to survive another busy campaign. He could step right in and make an instant impact for Barca.

That said, it just doesn't seem like a realistic option right now unless Barcelona are ready to overpay. Mourinho clearly understands the importance of Luiz to his squad as Chelsea chase a Premier League title and would probably have to get blown away by a huge offer to even consider a deal.

So while the rumored interest doesn't come as a shock, a deal sending Luiz to Camp Nou would be. It'd take a tremendous coup for Barcelona to land him at this point.