Chelsea defender heading to Madrid or Barcelona in likely £25million deal

David Luiz is thought to be leaving Stamford Bridge if Mourinho is appointed manager. If all goes ahead as expected...

David Luiz is thought to be leaving Stamford Bridge if Mourinho is appointed manager.

If all goes ahead as expected and Jose Mourinho is named the new Chelsea manager, then his first act will be to offload David Luiz to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mail.

Despite an impressive season with the Blues – which included a stunning goal in the Europa League semi-finals – Mourinho is dubious of Luiz’s defensive abilities and may look for a more solid replacement in front of Petr Cech.

However, with Chelsea paying £21million for the Brazilian in 2011 they will be wanting to at least make that back if they were to be tempted to sell him to La Liga.

It is thought that the Portuguese’s return to Stamford Bridge will also see the arrival of at least a new centre-back, midfielder and striker from the 50-year-old’s wish list.

Whilst Luiz has converted to being a competent defensive midfielder under interim boss Rafael Benitez, it’s still believed that Mourinho’s concerns over his credentials at the back will see the Brazil international leave West London.

Both Madrid and Barca are looking to overhaul their defensive options this summer, with Los Blancos keen to give likely new manager Carlo Ancelotti the squad that he wants and the Catalans having around £25million for a new centre-back.

Whilst the 26-year-old is possibly not top of their wish lists, the lack of availability for other stars could make him an affordable option.

If he leaves Mourinho will aim to bring in either Raphael Varane from his old club at the Santiago Bernabeu or Schalke’s Krygiakos Papadopolous as Luiz’s replacement.

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