Chelsea’s and Manchester City’s interest in David Luiz is hardly a secret; both clubs need a top defender, and the Brazilian is one the hottest properties around. Of course, both clubs will be willing to pay whatever it takes to get their man, and indeed to out-bid the other, leading to repeated speculation of a January bidding war, with figures as high as £50m flying around.
The more modest amount of £25m is the current estimate, however.
Following Luiz’s recent comments on his future, as quoted by Mirror Football, the defender is also keen to move clubs, the sooner the better:
“My future, only God knows. I do not know where I will be in January, in the summer or in 2015. The rumours from England? I know that and I follow them, but this does not depend on me.”
The 23 year-old has also turned down Benfica’s offer of a new contract, although he claims this was not due to his seeking a move elsewhere:
“I refused another renewal because I have a contract until June 2015 and am happy here. I have a clear conscience. If it were only a matter of money, I would not be at Benfica. Criticism hurts me but my mission is to work every day.”
Whatever Luiz’s motives, his comments have certainly put his Premiership admirers on red alert, and he can probably expect the offers to come sooner rather than later; in January, before somebody else gets him.
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