Chelsea Transfers: The Blues Would Be Smart to Cash in on David Luiz

Rachel Bascom@@Rachel_BascomContributor IIIMay 19, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02:  A dejected David Luiz of Chelsea applauds the travelling fans following his team's 3-1 defeat during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The season has barely ended, but the transfer rumours are already flying. As per usual, Chelsea are at the center of much speculation and are expected to be very active in the transfer market. And while most of that will be through new signings, there are also a few big-name Chelsea players who are expected to leave Stamford Bridge before next season.

David Luiz is one player who has been the target of a few rumours, most of which claim he will leave the club in the next few months. Both Matt Law of The Telegraph and Martin Lipton of The Mirror, as well as a number of other sources, have talked about this prospect—especially as part of an exchange for a striker.

In the few years since he joined the club, David Luiz has cemented himself in the hearts of the Chelsea fans and quickly become one of the most popular players in the squad. However, should the club be offered a good amount of money—or a good swap deal—they should take it and say goodbye to the Brazilian.

The main priority for the Blues this summer will be to find a world-class striker. And as such, the club should do just about anything that they can to secure one; including letting go of a popular player.

David Luiz has often been seen as unreliable in defence. A few costly mistakes have led to big defeats in the past. While this has not been such a common occurrence of late, he is not the best defender at the club. And there is enough strength in that area that Chelsea do not need to hold onto Luiz as backup.

Jose Mourinho has found a lot of success by playing Luiz as a defensive midfielder, but with Nemanja Matic making that role his own, and John Obi Mikel waiting in the wings, the Brazilian is surplus to requirements in that position.

Although we cannot know yet just how much clubs would be willing to pay for Luiz, it is reasonable to suspect that the asking price would be fairly high. With the World Cup in Brazil starting soon, the stage is set for him to shine in a good Brazil team, and raise his price tag even higher. Chelsea would be able to put this money towards the striker that they so desperately need.

David Luiz will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Chelsea fans, but if the price is right, it might just be time to say goodbye.