Chelsea's David Luiz is now being chased by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with the club poised to make a £25 million move for the defender.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports the Brazil international is ready to leave Stamford Bridge with Barcelona his preferred destination. However, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is keen on the player and could make his move for Luiz after the World Cup finals.
According to El Mundo Deportivo, via 101 Great Goals, Barcelona will not be making an approach for Luiz, as he does not fit the type of player they require. The report claims Barca believe "Luiz to be a great player, but not the best.”
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It appears Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc would also be interested in bringing the player to France, per ESPN.co.uk. The coach, who has recently signed a deal to carry on managing the Paris outfit, spoke of his appreciation of Luiz and his team-mate Oscar.
The ESPN report quotes Blanc saying to Telefoot: "[Despite FFP] we have the opportunity to prepare a good team. You have to target the needs and the positions. Oscar and David Luiz are very good players. They will interest PSG."
The 27-year-old missed huge chunks of Jose Mourinho's first season back at Stamford Bridge, only featuring in 19 Premier League matches, per Squawka.
Mourinho might feel he needs someone who is more defensively sound than Luiz, and a big bid is sure to tempt Chelsea to consider a sale.
The club is also now willing to offer Romelu Lukaku a new deal, although still without the intention of using him in their squad next season.
Ian Herbert of The Independent reports Lukaku will be given a new contract by Chelsea and then sent back to Everton to enable the player's value to increase, in anticipation for a future sale.
Lukaku has been sensational in the league over the past two seasons, with both West Brom and Everton, gaining valuable experience in English football.
Herbert writes that Chelsea are looking to make a healthy profit on Lukaku, as they try to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, and that Everton are keen in retaining the services of a player who scored 15 times in 31 games in the league for them, per Squawka.
The loan would surely disappoint Blues fans who have watched their strikers fail consistently throughout 2013-14.
Losing Luiz would also be a blow to Chelsea, as he is one of their most experienced players and plays for one of the superpowers of international football.
But the player's potential to make a mistake will not have gone unnoticed by Mourinho, who prefers a different kind of centre-back. Gary Cahill and John Terry are solid individuals, and the Special One requires this kind of defensive approach for the systems he chooses to play.
Luiz is not great at parking the bus and would benefit from being in a team with more fluidity and flair.
It is no surprise that Mourinho apparently will not entertain Lukaku back at Stamford Bridge, as he looks to bring in one of world football's most highly rated strikers in Costa.
A huge World Cup for Lukaku might see an expedited sale, with Everton breaking the bank to sign the youngster.
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