If at first you don't succeed, wait for the opposing side to fall apart and then try again.
As is the plan for Barcelona, who reportedly made an offer of £21.5 million for Chelsea center-back David Luiz last August, but are now ready to increase the bid in January now that the Brazilian is reportedly falling out of new manager Jose Mourinho's future plans.
The Daily Star's Nick Lustig has the news:
Barca manager Gerardo Martino is eager to bolster his defensive options with Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique increasingly injury-prone and hopes a revived bid for Luiz, 26, will ultimately end in success.
And according to reports in Spain, Chelsea are willing to let Luiz leave the club in the upcoming transfer window with Barcelona hopeful their £29m bid will be accepted.
Luiz has appeared in just nine total matches between the Premier League and Champions League this season. Much of that has been due to a knee injury, but even when healthy, Mourinho passed him over for John Terry and Gary Cahill in his central defense on several occasions.
Of course, it's worth noting he returned and played well against Steaua Bucuresti on Wednesday, so we'll have to see if he can stay in the lineup.
Still, couple his limited Starting XI opportunities under Mourinho with this newest report, and it seems pretty clear that Luiz's future at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end.
The 26-year-old Brazilian is an enigmatic talent.
At times, he has the look of one of the best center-backs in the world, able to move forward in the attack, stringing together passes, curling in shots from long distance or delivering beautiful free kicks.
However, that tantalizing ability to move forward on the pitch often leaves much to desire defensively, since he isn't the most disciplined player or best tackler.
As such, it's apparent as to both why Mourinho may in fact be ready to move on and why Barcelona would be willing to add Luiz to their back four.
For now, you should probably take this with a significant-sized grain of salt. The midseason transfer window doesn't open up for another three weeks, and you're likely to hear several twists and turns in this story even before that happens.
Still, the interest Barca showed in Luiz this summer, coupled with the Brazilian's lack of cohesion with Mourinho so far, undoubtedly makes this a story to pay very close attention to in the coming weeks.
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