David Luiz is a natural fit at Barcelona.
The afro-haired Brazilian performed terrifically during Brazil's 2013 Confederations Cup victory and possesses all of the qualities needed to be a success at the Camp Nou.
He has recently emerged as one of Gerardo Martino's top targets. Luiz could be the new manager's first signing and opportunity to stamp his authority over the squad. As reported by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, La Blaugrana recently had a £34.5 million bid rejected for the Chelsea player's services:
Chelsea have told Barcelona not to return with a second offer for David Luiz after rejecting their opening £34.5million bid.
Sportsmail revealed the Catalan club’s intention to make a formal bid for the Brazil international after making the central defender their No. 1 transfer target.
The offer was flatly rejected by Jose Mourinho and the Stamford Bridge club have told Barca officials not to bother with an improved offer, informing them that Luiz isn’t for sale at any price.
Such a stern response hasn't stopped Barcelona's players from commenting on the situation. Dani Alves has welcomed the arrival of his countryman and friend, suggesting Luiz's potential move to La Liga is an excellent fit.
Alves spoke to El Mundo Deportivo, as reported by Stefan Coerts of Goal.com:
I would be happy if David Luiz would come to Barcelona. I always want the best for my friends and advise them to join Barca if they get the chance.
He's not just a friend, but he has a lot of quality, too.
The problem is not whether he would like to come here, but that you have to take him away from Mourinho and that will not be easy.
Letting David Luiz join Barca will not be an option for him and even less so as it would make us stronger. It will be incredibly difficult, nearly impossible.
As hinted at by Alves, Martino undoubtedly needs to secure a defensive destroyer for his first season as Barcelona boss. The aging legs of Carles Puyol and seemingly sidetracked brain of Gerard Pique need cover, especially as the summer transfer window has seen Eric Abidal and Marc Muniesa leave the club.
While The Guardian's Andy Hunter reports Barca are ready to up their interest in Liverpool's Daniel Agger, it's Luiz who is best suited for a successful stint at the Camp Nou. CNN's Tancredi Palmeri suggests Barcelona know this and are set to imminently launch another bid:
David Luiz - in next hours Barcelona will submit a new bid, which should be approx 30m€+5 add-ons— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 12, 2013
The versatile centre-back can be deployed anywhere across the back line and offers real quality in midfield. Much like Javier Mascherano, he possesses enough attributes to not only fill in, but also play excellently across the board.
Tata's tenure needs this kind of ingenuity. At 26 years old, Luiz offers a strong passing game, excellent doggedness in the middle of the park and a willingness to halt danger before it enters his area.
Often lambasted for making mistakes, Luiz has managed to tone down his flamboyant ways and focus on his main attributes in recent times.
As highlighted with memorable goals in both the Premier League and Europa League, his eye for the spectacular has the ability to secure important results.
The Camp Nou is used to harnessing players who flaunt a short-passing and extremely disciplined game, but Barcelona fans are also used to cheering individuals who do things a little differently.
Luiz underlines both points perfectly. Although the player is yet to reach his full potential, rapid progress in a small portion of time has seen his game significantly evolve. The Brazilian's positioning has improved, his confidence on the ball is there for all to see and he no longer plays the role of liability.
The former Benfica man has also shown he is easily adaptable.
For Chelsea, he is the much-adored "geezer" whose love of football sees him plug any gap with an infectious enthusiasm. For Brazil, he is a leader. Luiz Felipe Scolari utilised the player as a figure of authority during the Confederations Cup win, an emphasis that was duly repaid with performances that saw the defender put his body on the line for the greater good.
Whom should Gerardo Martino sign before the La Liga season begins?
If Jose Mourinho and the Blues can be convinced to sell their popular asset, Martino will have real reason to celebrate. Luiz is the kind of individual whose natural determination to succeed in any role will see him quickly become a fan favourite at the Camp Nou.
Alongside Alves, Adriano, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar, Lionel Messi and others, his arrival would be softened by a welcoming South American contingency. Similar to his acceptance at Stamford Bridge, such a move would see Luiz quickly become part of Barca's furniture, such is his ability to attract fans.
Will Mourinho sell to the club that made his La Liga stint a living hell? Right now, his personal feelings toward Barcelona threaten to halt a deal that should excite everyone at the Camp Nou.