Brazilian has been deemed surplus to requirements in the capital by ‘Mou’.
Incoming Chelsea head-coach Jose Mourinho could decide to sell popular defender David Luiz as soon as the Portuguese’s return to Stamford Bridge has been officially confirmed, reports The Times.
The Brazil international arrived in west London two-and-a-half years ago, signing for the Blues from Portuguese giants Benfica for a fee of 25 million euros in January 2011.
And in the intervening period, the 26-year-old has proved himself to be a massive favourite with the Chelsea fans, as well as the hierarchy at the club.
The centre back cum auxiliary defensive midfielder has so far featured in 62 Premier League matches for Chelsea, scoring six goals in the process, while overall Luiz has played 109 games for the Blues, finding the back of the net on 12 occasions.
However, it is understood that Mourinho is considering offloading Luiz when the transfer window reopens on July 1 so as to be able to help fund his expected summer recruitment drive at the Bridge for next season, with the central defender expected to raise as much as £32m for the Portuguese.
It is understood the Special One does not rate Luiz’s defensive abilities. Barcelona and Real Madrid are said to be interested in the Brazil international.