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Barcelona are lining up a summer move for Chelsea defender David Luiz as Pep Guardiola looks to increase his options at the back.

The Brazilian admits ‘every player would love to play for Barcelona’, but insists he is ‘100 per cent’ a Chelsea player.

Barca have made Thiago Silva their No 1 defensive target this summer, but initial enquiries suggest their valuation of the 27-year-old varies wildly from AC Milan’s.

The Spanish champions are prepared to pay up to £20million for Silva, but have been quoted a figure nearer £35m.

Luiz caught the attention of Barca scouts while at Benfica and his tactical versatility fits with Guardiola’s desire to maintain a reasonably small squad.

The 24-year-old has sometimes looked vulnerable at the heart of Chelsea’s defence since signing 13 months ago for £25m, and Barca feel the London club could be open to negotiation.

After playing for Brazil against Bosnia, Luiz was asked about the interest from Catalonia.

‘I would be lying if I said I know nothing,’ he told Spanish newspaper Sport.

‘I am aware, not least because for months there have been constant rumours about Barca’s interest.

‘What I can confirm is that I have not negotiated anything and no-one has submitted a concrete offer. I am 100 per cent a Chelsea player.

‘Barca are a great team that play fantastic football. Every player would love to play for Barcelona, but I am with Chelsea and I have an obligation to my club.’

Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas-Boas is said to have concerns about Luiz and bought Gary Cahill from Bolton in the January transfer window, but Luiz insisted: ‘There is no problem between us. I am happy with my situation at Chelsea and hope for a great end to the season. We are now at a critical moment and have the chance to make it a magnificent campaign.’

Source: DailyMail

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