Chelsea defender David Luiz is expected to force a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer following a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte.
Spanish publication Dario Gol are reporting Luiz has decided to move on and force a move to the Catalan giants after falling out with the Chelsea manager, then being dropped against title rivals Man Utd.
The report claims Luiz would rather play in Spain for Barcelona than warm the bench for Chelsea.
Sources close to the player have also confirmed the reports, which states the Brazilian is very unsettled at Chelsea following the bust-up.
Barcelona will be on the look out for a defensive player, with Javier Mascherano expected to leave in the summer and Thomas Vermaelen’s future under a cloud due to constant injuries since his arrival.
Luiz would fit into the Barcelona system with ease. He has good ball control and can take set-pieces with deadly accuracy.
The 30-year-old has issued a come and get me plea to Barca. We will have to wait and see now if the Brazilian gets his wish for a move away from England.
Luiz has had two spells at Chelsea. The first coming in 2011 when he joined from Portuguese giants Benfica. He was then sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £50m in June 2014. He then returned two season later in August 2016 for a fee of £30m on transfer deadline day.
Last season he played a key role in Antonio Conte’s title winning team, playing nearly all games at the back and contributing 2-goals in the process. He was known for his defensive errors in the past, something he has cut out since playing under Conte and becoming a more established all round defender.