Should Chelsea Cash In On David Luiz In January With Real Madrid Interested In Him?
Real Madrid are reportedly considering a move to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz, who is now out of favour at Chelsea. All is not well between the player and club manager Antonio Conte and their relationship is understood to have gone downhill after Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against AS Roma in the Champions League. The exact cause is unknown but it is being suggested that Luiz was not happy at being substituted in that match. Since then, he has missed the games against Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and Swansea.
Luiz is believed to have picked up a knee injury, due to which he was not involved against Swansea, but Conte does have a dearth of options in that area. However, it does not make the situation any better for the Brazilian, who is now likely to be sidelined for a longer period. Despite making an emphatic return to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain about 15 months back and also playing a major role in their title success last season, Luiz has been iced out from the squad, leading to speculation that he might consider an exit in January.
Real Madrid are understood to be front-runners to secure his signature. The reigning European champions have not been on a good run so far. They are struggling in the La Liga as well as in the Champions League, making it quite likely for manager Zinedine Zidane to scan the market for players during the January window.
A player like Luiz can not only add more options at the back but can also provide a boost to the team in general, given his versatility. Considering the present situation between him and Conte, it might not be such a bad idea for the Blues to sell him and use that money to secure a player to replace him. If Luiz continues at Stamford Bridge, he could be risking his future and at 30 years of age, he needs to spend as much time on the field as possible.
The Brazilian, who earns £120,000-a-week, has about 18 months left on his contract, making January an ideal time for Los Blancos to make a move for him. That said, Luiz has been a mainstay for Chelsea and perhaps Conte should somehow try to bury the hatchet and work things out with him. However, knowing the hot-headed Italian, it does not seem like a possibility. Hence, cashing in on Luiz in January may actually work out in favour of all parties involved.