Transfer News: Chelsea Braced For £40m Bid – Man Utd Eye Gundogan

By on May 3, 2013

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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.

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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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13 Comments

  1. Henry Adu Gyamfi

    May 4, 2013 at 12:17 am

    We the chelsea fans will stop supporting chelsea if they sell D LUIZ 4 to barca he makes us happy and he is commited to the culb he is the incoming captain.

  2. Moro

    May 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

    selling Luiz should be the last mistake the club will do.It doesn’t make sence to make such a business.

  3. Olivier Marambo

    May 4, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I don’t know if such deal could be allowed by our committee board. because If Barca want D. Luis it means they want to rebuild their squad, so if we sell D. Luis that means we are also ready to brok or demolish our squad. So is it for you FC Chelsea board to decide. Thank you for your plan to sell our lovely player! Keep going on!

  4. Adesina Opeyemi Isaiah

    May 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Selling D luisz Ȋ̝̊̅§ jst as selling Messi †̥o chelsea,I don’t think abramovic will allowed the deal †̥o happen,D luisz Ȋ̝̊̅§ our future Captain for chelsea,we can c wat he Ȋ̝̊̅§ doing for chelsea recently,

  5. Pst Teddy Brown

    May 4, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Are they mad?let them give us messi & take luis,if they can,luis pls’ is not for sell,let them go to arsenal.

  6. Laled

    May 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Messi Fabregas Iniesta £50m= David Luiz. How do they{barca} expect us 2 sell our future captain/pride..they had better think twice.

  7. Emmanuel "Supreme" Ezekiel

    May 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Even as much as i’d love 2 see David Luiz in barça, i don’t see d deal happening. Just recently, Abramovic admitted dat he’ll succeed JT for d captainship & D chelsea i knw isn’t a selling club.

  8. Sammy

    May 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The deal will materialize if Bacca agree to exchange Messi with my beloved Luis. Otherwise, LEADER Divid Luis is NOT FOR SALE period…

  9. Paul michael

    May 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Fc BarceLona rebuilding project, Tito’s team have played in four competitions this season and look set to win only one (La Liga)
    The players used in central defence: Abidal, Adriano, Bartra, Busquets, Mascherano, Pique, Puyol and Song
    , Total defeats this term: |7| three against Madrid; two versus Bayern; one at Celtic, Real Sociedad and AC Milan
    . |11| Barca’s points advantage over Madrid with five games remaining in La Liga

    13 Consecutive games without a clean sheet before the 2-0 win at home to Deportivo in March And the defence was exposed again on Wednesday. Arjen Robben was allowed time and space to attack down the right for the first goal, Gerard Pique sliced the second horribly into his own net as he attempted to clear and Thomas Muller climbed above Marc Bartra and Adriano to head the third after Franck Ribery had raced past Alex Song as if he had not been there. It was men against boys.

    Song had sat out the first match as poor Bartra was left exposed at the Allianz Arena. Early in the season, however, Barca seemed not to trust Bartra when many of their first-choice defenders were out. Given a longer run in the team, he may have been better equipped to cope with a side like Bayern, although his fragile frame meant he was perhaps not the ideal candidate for such a physical battle. In any case, bringing him in for these two games without proper preparation was as unfair as it was inexplicable.

    Song is not the solution either. Signed as cover for midfield and defence, the Cameroonian has been unable to make his mark in either position. While he has produced some promising performances in midfield, he rarely looks comfortable in defence and, on Wednesday, Barca were staring at a man who could have solved all of those problems dating back to the summer: Javi Martinez.

    The Basque midfielder was excellentin defence last season for Athletic Bilbao and could genuinely operate in either position. He was also keen on a move to Barca but was ultimately deemed too expensive at €40 million. What price for a top-class centre-back now? Barca have said they will sign four or five players this summer. A central defender must be top of that list.

    The two games against Jupp Heynckes’ side also highlighted the Catalans’ weaknesses in the full-back positions. Dani Alves and Jordi Alba are excellent in attack, but both were terribly exposed by Bayern and now may be the time for Barca to consider a move for a disciplined defender out wide. When this team played with Eric Abidal on the left and Alves attacked, the Frenchman slotted in as a third centre-back and gave balance to the side. Barca now need something similar.

    “Some decisions need to be made in the summer,” Pique commented on Wednesday. Swimming solo against the tide, the Catalan defender has been unable to cope at times this term, although he must also assess his own contribution. Beaten for pace, in one-on-one situations, lacking concentration and clumsily slicing into his own net against Bayern, Pique has looked off colour in 2012-13, lacking the leadership of Puyol and struggling to take authority himself. With Alba and Alves spending most of their time up the other end of the pitch, however, he has been left isolated – and often without a specialist partner at the back.

    Another transfer target must be a forward to provide an alternative to Messi, be it a winger, a centre-forward or even both. Alexis Sanchez has showcased his abilities and attributes against only the smaller sides this term, while David Villa looks like a player on the way down, Cesc Fabregas really wants to be playing in midfield and Cristian Tello,the one man who has ignited the Barca attack with his pace and goals this season, did not play a single minute of either game against Bayern. Pedro, meanwhile, has looked like a world-class forward at times this term – when he has pulled on a Spain shirt. And then there’s Tito. Hailed by some as the tactical genius behind the partnership with Pep, he failed to come up with a proper plan without Messi for the second leg against PSG, produced not one variation for the tough trip to Bayern and was unable to react to the disaster unfolding before his eyes as he made his first change at 3-0 down – and with 83 minutes on the clock. Without Messi, there were no miracle solutions on Wednesday either. Although not without fault, Guardiola always had a tactical variant up his sleeve for the biggest match. Tito does not seem to.

    Barca’s players struggled in Vilanova’s absence during cancer treatment in New York, but his return at the end of March was expected to see the team back to their breathtaking best. It simply has not happened and question marks remain over his suitability for the job.Tito is popular with the players, but appears to lack the presence, the tactical nous and the character to lead this team on his own. His health problems persist and will be a concern ahead of the coming campaign, as Barca will hope to avoid a repeat of this term when, essentially, they were without a top-class coach for several months of the season.

    “Tito is winning all of the comparisons with Guardiola,” club spokesman Toni Freixa claimed in an interview just two weeks ago. An unnecessary and unbelievable thing to say at the time, such a statement seems even more arrogant, absurd and frankly false now: Pep never lost once by three goals in 247 games as Barca coach, let alone 7-0 in a two-legged tie.

    Celebrated Catalan chef Ferran Adria told dpa in an interview last week that he had dined with Guardiola and that the main difference between Barca and Bayern right now was”motivation” – and Pep had alluded to being concerned at his players losing their hunger in his last season at Camp Nou. Now they need it back.

    The transition to Tito was supposed to stop Barca pining for Pep. It hasn’t.Guardiola now heads to Bayern, the strongest side around at the moment, while the Catalans look to rebuild and repair the gaping holes which have appeared this term, with a coach still recovering from a life-threatening illness, a team full of out-of-sorts and fatigued footballers and a bumbling board.

    Sandro Rosell’s stewardship has seemed more about discrediting old foe Joan Laporta and the previous regime than extending the club’s glorious era. Upon assuming the presidency in 2010, Rosell stripped club legend Johan Cruyff of his title of honorary president and so started a rocky relationship with Guardiola. It never healed.

    I don’t know what Pique is referring to – you will have to ask him. In any case, decisions are made at the end of the season

    – Sandro Rosell

    While Rosell’s team have eased debts with a shrewd spending policy,the needs of the team were not adequately addressed last summer and the president’s pursuit of Neymar is more about marketing and shirt sales than a pertinent plan to boost Barca’s attack. Freixa’s recent comments have done nothing to aid the board’s credibility, either.

    “The scoreline doesn’t reflect the reality, the difference between the two teams.” Rosell said after the Bayern elimination on Wednesday, while he claimed he had no idea what Pique was referring to in terms of the decisions which need to be taken in the summer. “I don’t know what he means; you will have to ask him. In any case, decisions are made at the end of the season and this one still hasn’t finished. We have to support the team.”

    That time will soon come. Big changes are now necessary, as well as strong self-assessment from the board, Tito and the players. As one Catalan columnist put it on Thursday:”Refresh or Die!” Eras end, but cycles can continue; the 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern is either a colossal crack in a crumbling empire, or just one disastrous defeat in this group’s glorious governance. Just how it will be seen in the future depends on one thing: how Barcelona react. Barca should sign 8 good players this summer or More and the names i think they should sign are, Hummels Gundogan Neymar Inigo-martinez Aguero walker De gea and Marcelo from PSV he plays side back and center defence, he is very tall,humble and brilliant in the air. The starting eleven for next season should be, Goalkeeper De gea, Defenders Walker pique Hummels and alba. Midfielders Busquets Mascherano|Gundogan and Iniesta, Attackers Neymar Messi and Aguero..’ DeuLofeu,Munisa and Sergi-Roberto will be needed next season too because of the sale of Fabregas,Alexis David and Victor vaLdes. Honestly i think barcelona should go for a new coach because Tito Titi-taka tatics is no good compare to other teams. They should sign Laudrup from Swansea he has had a wonderful job over there and won the carling-cup in his first season in charge, he was an Ex-barca player so he understands the tiki-taka tatics although he would apply he’s own method which would benefit players like neymar,Aguero and HummeLs because tiki-taka is going nowhere. And the Likes of Alves pairing alba will stop once next season starts because we cant afford to keep attacking but cant defend. Dats ma Thought!!!Tell me urs,Thanks

  10. Paul michael

    May 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

    David-Luiz is not needed, he is just a normaL player. No special quality compare to Gundogan and the rest so barcelona wont go for him and again his buyout clause is 40m while Gundogan is 17m, Barca has about 70m budget with David-luiz consuming 40m tell me who and who they will use dat remaining 30m to get?? So David-luiz joining barca will always remain a rumour

  11. Rufas hakim

    May 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The rumours about selling David luiz should just remain rumours coz selling luiz is a disaster 4 chelsea

  12. Sani Garba

    May 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    poul mecheal u be parrot, i beg, u too talk..

    • Jay

      May 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Lool. Nor mind am joor

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