Barcelona are set to make David Luiz their main transfer target this summer. In desperate need of a center-back, the Spanish club have launched a move for the Chelsea defender. The 27-year-old, who joined from Benfica in 2011, has been subject to a bid from Barcelona, who are planning a swap deal involving former Arsenal player Alex Song.
Luiz seems a sensible move for Barcelona considering his versatility and his ability to play out from the back. The Brazilian’s style of play does suit the Barcelona mold. Reports earlier in the week said Barcelona had agreed a £32m deal with Chelsea to bring Luiz to the Camp Nou on a five-year-contract, but the Catalans have not confirmed it.
There could be battle for Barcelona to sign David Luiz, as Bayern Munich have also shown interest and are prepared to pay £25m for the Brazilian international. They are also reportedly keen on including Mario Mandzukic in a deal, which could be the tipping point given Chelsea’s need for a forward.
Of course for Bayern Munich, the thinking behind signing Luiz will to forge a relationship with Dante. The pair may play together at the World Cup and Bayern may feel they can form a strong unit between them.
If Luiz does move to the Camp Nou, he will have huge boots to fill, as veteran defender Carles Puyol has called it quits after 15 years with the first team. However, Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has suggested Barcelona don’t believe Luiz is the right fit to replace Puyol.
“David Luiz is not the defender chosen by the club to cover the farewell of Puyol and perhaps Javier Mascherano. The Chelsea defender does not meet the technical, economic profile sporting look Barcelona are looking for,” read’s El Mundo’s report.
It curious as to why both Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both interested. There are many more center-backs that are probably better suited to the position than David Luiz. The former Vitoria man is better suited to a midfield role with his best Chelsea performances coming in that position.
He does suit both teams in terms of his playing style, but his defensive capabilities are questionable at times. Never really in his three years at Chelsea has he put a stellar performance as a center-back. It is more his ability to move out from the back and support the midfield that has earned him the most plaudits.
Whoever does get Luiz will be getting a quality player, but another signing should be made in addition to him. It would be highly risky from Barcelona to go for Luiz as their only defensive signing. To improve their leaky defense, they will need at least two or three world-class defenders.