Chelsea to turn down £30m offer

davidluiz.jpgDeclan Warrington from Mail Online has popped into the Football Transfer Tavern today to exclusively reveal that Barcelona have seen an official £30 million bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz fail with the Blues set to reject this approach.

The Camp Nou-based outfit are looking for a long-term replacement for legendary centre back Carles Puyol who is set to retire at the end of the new season. Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva is understood to be first priority but with a deal looking unlikely they could instead turn to Silva’s defensive partner for Brazil.

Luiz, who starred for his national team during their recent Confederations Cup success, has emerged as a key player at Stamford Bridge and is expected to take over from current captain John Terry upon the England international’s expected departure, whenever that may be.

Warrington admits that Chelsea could sell Luiz if they receive the right offer despite his growing presence as a fans favourite at Stamford Bridge. New Blues boss Jose Mourinho has his doubts about whether the defender can adapt to his defensive style of football and Luiz would be interested in playing in La Liga.

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