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Jul 31, 2013

David Luiz 'is top Barcelona target'

Barcelona will sign a centre-back from the Premier League in the summer - and Chelsea's David Luiz is their top choice, according to Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo.

David Luiz has been described as one of the Premier League's biggest stars
Luiz is reported to be on Barca's radar.

The paper says that although there are a number of options, the La Liga champions have a shortlist of two – Luiz and Liverpool's Daniel Agger.

Both defenders fit the Barca mould, confident on the ball and able to combine with midfielders or join the attack.

But the paper says Luiz is new coach Tata Martino's first choice, and believes the Barca board could begin negotiations with Chelsea this week.

Barca would be likely to have to pay in the region of €30 million for the 26-year-old, who made 30 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season, scoring two goals.

After impressing for Brazil in the Confederations Cup, Luiz was rumoured to be attracting interest from European champions Bayern Munich – but former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, now Bayern's boss, said: "David Luiz is not coming to Munich.

"I have five central defenders, and I’m very satisfied with them."

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