Transfer Rumour Rater: David Luiz to Barcelona in the January Transfer Window

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Transfer Rumour Rater: David Luiz to Barcelona in the January Transfer Window
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This is a rumour that has done the rounds in recent transfer windows, and it's rearing its head once more. Flamboyant Chelsea star David Luiz is being linked with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona.

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The Brazilian, who can play in defence or midfield, was widely tipped for a move to the Catalan club during the summer, though nothing materialised.

However, with the January transfer window just around the corner, the rumours have started flying once more.

The Daily Star's Nick Lustig says that Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino is keen to bolster his defence following Gerard Pique's topsy-turvy season and Carles Puyol's ongoing injury problem.

Lustig states that the Blaugrana made enquiries over the summer but were unwilling to pay Chelsea's asking price, but the Blues are now willing to let Luiz go.

He writes:

Luiz, 26, was tracked by the La Liga champions throughout the summer, but saw their attempts to bring him to the Camp Nou fail due to a dispute over the transfer fee with Chelsea.

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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.

Luiz has made just five appearances for Jose Mourinho's side this season and would surely jump at the chance to play amongst some of the best players in the world.

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