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Barça tapping up David Luiz

Barça tapping up David Luiz

One of the more encouraging snippets of hope from last season was signing a sensational centreback in David Luiz. His arrival at the last minute of the winter transfer window might have been overshadowed by a certain Spanish striker, but since then Luiz has justified the money Chelsea paid for the Brazilian. And Luiz even scored more goals than Fernando Torres.

Small wonder that he has attracted covetous glances after not even 6 months. No less than FC Barcelona, the world`s most self-righteous club, appear to be interested, and have put that interest into motion in a way that seems like textbook tapping up. What is surprising is that Barça are trying to sign him in such an underhand manner. Barça coach Pep Guardiola likes the cut of Luiz`s jib and considers that the Brazilian could do very well at the Nou Camp, he`s therefore given the green light for the transfer.

So says pro-Barça daily newspaper 'Sport`, which gushes on about how excellent the player is: his character, his ability to withstand pressure, but also his youth, his capacity to grow, his speed and his size. Thanks for that, 'Sport`, us Chelsea fans know all that. And so does the Chelsea hierarchy, which is why they signed the bloke.

So Barça President Sandro Rossell, fresh from launching into an astonishing tirade against Real Madrid from his favoured standpoint of the moral highground, began the kind of underhand and sneaky manoeuvre that he himself denounces when anyone else does it. In Brazil to watch a tribute game for Ronaldinho, Rossell met with David Luiz`s agent to communicate Barça`s interest in the player. It goes without saying that this took place without any permission from Chelsea. What is worrying is that Luiz`s agent replied that he would be delighted to hear what Barça had to offer.

Helpfully 'Sport` declares that the fact that Luiz is currently under contract with Chelsea, and that that could be a problem: the Blues signed Luiz at the end of January for €25 million plus Nemanja Matic, and have tied down the defender for over 4 years. Those numbers put the player completely outside Barça`s reach, unless the Catalans will decide that, as with Fabregas, selling clubs need to give Barça a discount for being.

Which means that Barça would need to discuss directly with Chelsea. But Chelsea have absolutely no interest in selling the player. Nevertheless 'Sport` ventures a sum of €30 million as being the kind of number that Chelsea would be expecting. Try 'nothing at all`: there is no reason why the hell Chelsea should wish to lose one of their very best players, and even less reason to do a favour to Barcelona.

At the moment, Luiz is in Brazil with his national team, preparing the Copa America. As always, these official tournaments are a nuisance for clubs, who have much less control over the destabilising that can take place outside the clubs watchful eye.

If this rumour is true, it seems like a tap-up. Chelsea do not want to sell David Luiz, and do not welcome Barça`s interest. What they would also not appreciate is Barça`s attempts to get in contact with the player, without Chelsea`s permission. But then again, Barça have previous in this kind of behaviour: as our neighbours from North London will attest, Barça have done their utmost to destabilise Cesc Fabregas under the flimsy excuse that the midfielder is Catalan and therefore needs to return to some bogus spiritual home at the Nou Camp. Having turned Cesc`s head, therefore significantly affecting his play, Barça are now saying that the player`s value went down last season and that therefore they are not prepared to pay the €40 million that Arsenal are saying is his price, failing to point out that his value went down because of Barça`s behaviour.

For a club that prides itself on values that fool only their own devotees and apologists, Barça can behave in a pretty underhand, deceitful and dishonest fashion. Their slogan is 'Mes que un club` - more than a club. And yet, in many areas (their own players cheating and diving as well as the way they behave in the transfer market) they are, in fact, just as bad as everyone else, but with the added hypocrisy. If this tap-up of one of Chelsea`s best players is true, hopefully Chelsea can react in the strongest possible fashion to slam Barca.

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Date:Tuesday June 21 2011
Time: 9:44AM


I hope Madrid give them a good ol kick in their backsides next season and we take them apart in the CL. Luiz loves Chelsea - he reminds me of Terry - CFC for life. If there is any truth to this, i hope we take the fight too them - don't think it will do any good though with UEFA in their back pockets.
21/06/2011 09:56:00
Report them to fifa, but like they will do anything.
21/06/2011 09:56:00
Let them have him for 150 million £.
21/06/2011 10:02:00
Chelsea - You couldn't wish to meet a bigger bunch of hypocrites.
21/06/2011 10:02:00
Why dont we make a big fuss over this, like Sp*rs are doing with Modric, use the press to our advantage anmd leak thi sover and over again to the tabloids. yes nothing will happen but it does smear the "untouchable" barca a bit...and brings them down to earth.
21/06/2011 10:02:00
$30M + Iniesta and its a deal
21/06/2011 10:03:00
Straight swap with Messi ;-)
21/06/2011 10:04:00
I don't think it's true. They have nit enough money to buy Cesc and he's their biggest target at the moment. So they will first sell some of their players in order to get cash, they will buy him and then with the remaining money they will certainly try to get Sanchez or Rossi. They know that Chelsea will never let him go, unless crazy money is given. He signed 6 months ago ffs! And, actually, do they really need a CB? Yes Puyol is ageing (and I'm sure they see in David Luiz his long-term replacement just because of his hair) but the few times they played Mascherano or Abidal in central defence, it worked really well. Just a rumour I think.
21/06/2011 10:05:00
trueblueindia - why not 30 Million + Messi and its a deal haha
21/06/2011 10:05:00
FrLamp -Barcelona's negotiations to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez have broken down and now Manchester City are back in pole position to sign the Chile international, according to the Daily Star. Who believes the dailystar anyways...
21/06/2011 10:07:00
This one isnt even getting off the ground..why would Luiz having been telling Neymar how great it is at Chelsea and in London --obviously showing how much he is enjoying himself , now want to uproot and move , even to Barcelona? Its a nonstarter i my opinion.
21/06/2011 10:09:00
I agree Blue_Mel. And David Luiz is a funny lad, always laughing and making jokes. I hardly see him enjoying his time at Barca. They will not welcome him like we did. We gave him everything.
21/06/2011 10:11:00
Hey guys, Hulk said he could follow Villas Boas because he wants to play in the EPL... Err, YES!
21/06/2011 10:12:00
am just saying....we are willing to sell if they are willing to pay 4om + messi...then we might consider
21/06/2011 10:13:00
Hulk has a buyout clause of 100 Million. No harm in throwing about 30 and seeing if they crack - very unlikely they'll want to lose their coach and their best player though.
21/06/2011 10:15:00
Addictedtoblue -- You out of your mind with that swap, id say 20 million + Messi, if they disagree, report the buggers -- lol
21/06/2011 10:15:00
he has been waiting to join Chelsea for near on two years now so after he has been firmly entrenched in Chelsea folklore, he wont be moving any time soon. Luiz has the potential to be a great and he knows that can be done at Chelsea....the words of praise from people like Terry will do wonders for him and he appears to be switched on enough to know that with Terry tutoring him, and with competition from players like Iva and Alex, we can propel him to one of the best players in the world
21/06/2011 10:18:00
Chelsea-fan - Like they said about Cesc right - Messi is one year older so he must be more worn out and should therefore be worth less. So i stick with my 30million. I would also order them to take Alves and busquets behind the shed and give them a solid thrashing- that would make me smile.
21/06/2011 10:22:00
addictedtoblue, I know Hulk has a buyout clause of 100 million. But given the fact that it's Villas Boas who will be making the deal, don't you expect a lower asking price from them? I hope he can convince them. Hulk is the exact player we need. Can play in 4 different positions.
21/06/2011 10:25:00
Guys this is highly unlikely...I doubt Barca would pursue a defender Chelsea paid more than 20 M only six months ago. They would know they will have to spend around 25-30 to get him..besides they have fontas and muniesa coming through...and if they do sign him , knowing how pep would rather bench a non catalan player this would most likely turn into another caceres or henrique saga
21/06/2011 10:26:00
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