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Barcelona told to double David Luiz bid to €50million. #FCB #CFC
Barcelona have been told to double their opening offer for David Luiz if they want to sign the Brazil international this month. After rejecting a bid worth a potential €25million, Chelsea have placed a valuation of €50m on the versatile centre back.
Such a fee would represent a new high-water mark for a defender, exceeding the €42m Paris Saint-Germain paid to beat Barcelona to the signature of Thiago Silva last year. The Spanish champions have spent the entire summer attempting to solve the problem left by that transfer-market failure.
Seeking a defender with sufficient physical and technical ability to strengthen their porous backline while contributing to their possession-based tactics, Barca initially attempted to recruit Thiago Silva again only to be rebuffed by PSG. The subsequent bid for David Luiz – with €20m guaranteed and a further €5m dependent on performances – was less than the 26-year-old's purchase price from Benfica and was quickly rejected.
"If they need a central defender my advice is that they have to go to the second name they have in the list because they are wasting their time," said Mourinho after the offer became public. While Barcelona are ready to increase the sum to €25m plus variables, Chelsea will not sell at that level.
The Catalans have looked at two other Premier League defenders as alternatives, opening discussions with Tottenham over Jan Vertonghen and placing a bid with Liverpool for Daniel Agger. Neither move has been well received.
Read more here: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2892/transfer-zone/2013/08/13/4183585/chelsea-demand-43m-for-barcelona-target-david-luiz?ICID=HP_HN_1