If reports are to be believed, Chelsea's David Luiz could finally be on his way out of West London this winter after being strongly linked with a departure during the summer months.
Nick Lustig of the Mirror has claimed that the Blues are willing to sell their Brazilian international should Barcelona come back in for his signature:
According to reports in Spain, Chelsea are now willing to let Luiz leave the club in the upcoming transfer window with Barcelona ready to act on this development by launching a revived bid.
Barca boss Gerardo Martino is desperate to bolster his defensive options with Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique increasingly injury-prone.
It's a dramatic turnaround for the Premier League outfit, who seemed adamant to keep Luiz out of their foes' clutches just a few months ago. But things have changed drastically since then.
And rightly so, given that John Terry and Gary Cahill have emerged as Jose Mourinho's first-choice centre-back partnership in recent months and are doing a fine job of things.
Luiz isn't a player likely to ride the bench but, thankfully for Chelsea, the defender still holds a great deal of value. Even better, he can be sold at a profit given his price tag.
Back in August, the Express' Simon Yeend reported that Chelsea had rejected a £35 million bid from Barca for their man. If the La Liga champions were willing to raise a similar amount in the new year, Roman Abramovich would be smart to snap at the chance in making his £21 million investment back, and then some.
Luiz has featured in just five Premier League games this season, all of which have been for the full 90 minutes and yet none has produced a clean sheet.
On the other hand, in eight games without the South American, Chelsea have four clean slates. In itself, the statistic is damning of Luiz's tendency to leave defensive gaps, no matter how much he might offer going forward when compared with more conventional defenders.
His style might go down a storm in Spain, but it's not for the English top flight.
In Branislav Ivanovic, Mourinho has a player who can come in from right-back as central cover if needed. Luiz's sale would allow the club to perhaps move for another defensive talent, one who wouldn't demand as much of a presence among the starting line-up.
In any case, the last three months would appear to have affected the Blues' disposition when it comes to the thought of selling the former Benfica talisman, and it's only for the better.
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