Guardiola wants to make David Luiz his third big money Bayern Munich signing…
Bayern Munich are ready to offer £40m for Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz, reports The Sun.
The talented 26-year-old has fantastic technical attributes, and the ability to play the ball out from the back – which suits Pep Guardiola’s tika-taka style perfectly.
Jose Mourinho traditionally favours more physical no-nonsense centre-halves, and apparently has reservations over Luiz’s defensive abilities. His success at Chelsea and Inter Milan especially was based on a rock-solid defence, and Luiz’s occasional lapses mean he only guaranteed a starting place over Gary Cahill and John Terry towards the end of last season.
A £40m bid would make Luiz the world’s most expensive defender, ahead of compatriot Thiago Silva who joined PSG from AC Milan for around £35m last summer. A bid of such magnitude would be impossible for the Blues to ignore, especially after spending roughly 30m already this summer on Marco Van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle.
Guardiola has decided to make Luiz his third big-money signing as Bayern boss, after capturing brilliant young duo Mario Gotze and Thiago Silva for £32m and £26m respectively.
He was disappointed with the defensive performance during Sunday’s 4-2 defeat in the German Super Cup against their only potential rivals in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern currently have Dante, Jerome Boateng and Daniel Van Buyten at centre-back, and Javi Martinez has intimated he would be happy to play in defence, too. David Luiz though would expect to start if such a transfer fee was spent on him, and most likely play alongside Dante, in what will no doubt be a formidable Bayern Munich side.