David Luiz should mimic Chelsea legend, or risk being shipped out to Barca

With Carlos Puyol announcing his retirement at the end of this season, Barcelona have renewed their interest in Chelsea defender David Luiz and, according to the latest reports, the Catalan giants are weighing up a €30million bid for the Brazil international.

The Spanish Champions had tried to lure the 26-year-old to the Nou Camp last summer, and had a formal bid rejected with manager Jose Mourinho flatly refusing to sell the former Benfica defender.

However, following the January capture of French central defender Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne, Mourinho could be willing to part with the bouffant-haired operator, if the price is right.

A typical ball playing centre-back who loves to push forward, the Brazilian looks to be an ideal Barca defender, with his excellent passing ability, aggression with and without the ball, and eye for the spectacular.

It has been said that Luiz is not a ‘Mourinho-type’ player. While he is a visibly confident operator, blessed with flair and brilliant technical abilities, he is a little too adventurous at times for Mourinho’s defensive taste. With the international break upon on us, Mourinho will have plenty of time in between walking his dogs and betting on Cheltenham 2014 with Betfair to ponder upon a possible sale for the Brazilian defender and lay down plans for grooming Zouma as Terry’s successor.

Is there a real chance that Luiz could be sold next summer? Well, you cannot rule out the possibility, but if the Brazilian can hone his talents, and take inspiration from the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Barcelona could be frustrated once more.

Carvalho, aside from having a similarly crazy hairstyle, was much the adventurous defender, yet with a crucial discipline that made him one of the best defenders on the planet. If Luiz is to be a centre-back at the Bridge, he should take note of Carvalho’s inner discipline.

While John Terry and Gary Cahill are very good in the tackle, Luiz is superb at intercepting, much like Carvalho, and it is this reading of the game that makes him such a valuable commodity.

Luiz needs an extended run in the team to really prove himself, as he has been used as a bit-part player so far, but he has all the ingredients to be a Chelsea regular once again.

But, as we have seen with Juan Mata, the decision rests with Mourinho, and Mourinho alone.

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