Catalans want to tighten up their back line next season.
Primer Division giants Barcelona have earmarked Chelsea defender David Luis for a big-money end-of-season transfer to Camp Nou, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The Brazil international only arrived in west London two years ago from Portuguese outfit Benfica for £21 million, however, the player has enjoyed an up-and-down start to life at Stamford Bridge in the intervening period.
And, since interim head coach Rafi Benitez replaced previous manager Roberto Di Mateo earlier in the campaign, the centre back has been used more in a holding midfield role due to growing concerns about the 25-year-old’s defensive capabilities.
However, Barco head coach Tito Villanova has reportedly met with chiefs at the Catalan club to discuss next season’s transfer policy, and has told those in charge of such deals that his number one priority this summer is to secure the services of a top-class central defender due to current question marks hanging over both Alex Song and Javier Mascherano.
Vilanova has been using both those two midfield players as covering defenders at times in this campaign, with little success however, and as such believes that Luiz is the man to bring more stability to Barcelona’s wobbly back line.