Sensational news is breaking in the Football Transfer Tavern as reports emerge that Barcelona have made a bid believed to be around £35 million for Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The reports from Mail Online arrive along with news that the Brazilian international defender has been surprisingly pulled out of the Blues squad that will face Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup Final tonight without a clear explanation.
This has fuelled speculation in the tavern that the Stamford Bridge club are considering the offer from the Catalan club and it is notable that Luiz has only played 45 minutes of football in pre-season for Jose Mourinho’s new side.
Barcelona football director Raul Sanllehi has now reportedly made the trip to London to hold discussions with the Stamford Bridge side and he is planning to meet up with Luiz’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci.
The La Liga champions believe that the 26-year-old would be interested in a summer switch to the Camp Nou as they seek a long-term replacement for veteran centre back Carles Puyol.
Luiz was signed in a £21 million deal from Benfica in 2011 and has since established himself as key man at Stamford Bridge but the arrival of Mourinho has placed his future with the Blues in doubt.
The former Real Madrid manager is understood to have some doubts about whether Luiz can fit into his defensive ethos that he plans to instill on the club and may sell him as a result.