There are gasps around the Football Transfer Tavern as Alan Nixon of Mirror Football sits down by the bar to explain to the landlord that Manchester United are plotting a shock move.
The journalist claims that the Red Devils are plotting a transfer that would see Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz move to Old Trafford.
Nixon declares that new United gaffer David Moyes has made a secret approach for the swashbuckling centre half who could reportedly be available after the arrival of Jose Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge.
The former Real Madrid manager is understood to have his doubts about whether the 26-year-old can fit into his defensive minded team and the star of the recent Confederations Cup has sat out the Blues’ opening few matches with a hamstring problem.
Moyes would love to bring the ex-Benfica defender to Old Trafford as he looks to add further depth to his current defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic while also wishing to see Luiz employed in a defensive midfield role in his new side.
However United are likely to face fierce competition from Barcelona who are also known to be tracking Luiz with a view to a future move and we’d imagine that the Blues would rather sell him to La Liga than one of their Premier League rivals.
Talk in the tavern has now turned to whether Chelsea could offer Luiz plus cash for prime summer target Wayne Rooney but Nixon insists that Moyes believes he can land Luiz without having to lose Rooney.
Would Chelsea and Mourinho really sell Luiz to one of the Premier League rivals? Let us know your thoughts below.
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