Transfer News: Chelsea Braced For £40m Bid – Man Utd Eye Gundogan
Latest transfer rumours: Today, Barcelona are linked with a £40m move for Chelsea defender David Luiz and Manchester United are linked with Ilkay Gundogan.
Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Barcelona eye David Luiz and Manchester United are linked with Ilkay Gundogan.
Barca ready £40m Luiz bid
First up and the Daily Mail have been reporting that Barcelona are ready to launch a sensational £40m move for Chelsea favourite David Luiz this summer as the Spaniards get set to rebuild their squad following Wednesday’s demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The report suggests that the Catalans have been tracking the big-haired Brazilian for some time and were prepared to pay up to £35m for the 25-year-old last summer but the Blues stood firm and refused to sell. However, it’s claimed that Barca will now reignite their interest at the end of the season with the newspaper suggesting they are lining up a mammoth £40m offer.
No doubt Luiz would be a good fit for Barca. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet and can play from the back, while he’s also excelled in midfield in recent weeks, but I really don’t see this deal happening. Luiz seems happy in west London, is tied to a long-term contract and is loved at Stamford Bridge.
United eye Gundogan
Next up and the Express are claiming that Manchester United are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer.
The report suggests United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to revamp his midfield this summer with Paul Scholes set to retire and Nani and Anderson tipped to leave Old Trafford, and Gundogan appears to have caught his eye.
The 22-year-old has excelled for Dortmund this season and was superb in both semi final legs against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The player recently admitted that he’d love to play in the Premier League one day, saying:
“It is not reprehensible to answer such questions (of a future career in England or Spain) with ‘yes’.
“Everyone has a childhood dream on what he would like to achieve one day and my dream always was to play in England or Spain.” Gundogan is quoted as saying by the Express.
Dortmund have recently lost Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich while there are also rumours that Robert Lewandowski could be heading for a move this summer as well, so Jurgen Klopp will be loath to losing another important first team player at the end of the season.
The Express suggest the Germans rate the midfielder at around £17m, which shouldn’t be out of reach for the champions, but I’m not convinced anything will come of this rumour. I think he’ll stay in Germany for at least another season.
What do you make of these rumours? Would Chelsea fans take £40m for Luiz? Would United fans like to see Gundogan come to the club? Share your views in the comments section below.
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