Chelsea looking to offload David Luiz
As Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho becomes increasingly tired of the centre-back’s defensive frailties and questionable positioning, he has already begun the search for a replacement.
The Daily Express has reported that Chelsea are interested in signing Inter Milan’s 25 year-old centre-back Andrea Ranocchia as a replacement for the 26 year-old Brazilian.
Mourinho has been impressed by the Italian’s consistency in Serie A, where his performances have helped the Nerazzurri to fifth in the table.
Barcelona have long been interested in Luiz but, in a twist to this transfer saga, Inter have also sounded an interest in the ex-Benfica star and are likely to be prepared to accept a swap deal.
Rated at more than £30m by Barcelona, Inter would also need to make an additional payment to Chelsea, something that may scupper the deal as the Brazilian looks to secure his place in the national side ahead of next year’s World Cup.