Chelsea Focus – Luiz a Manchester City target as Twitter use hits him in the pocket

For footballers, social networking has become somewhat the norm. There are hundreds of Premier League players currently on Twitter, posting thoughts about the season ahead or what pre-match meal they will be having. Chelsea defender David Luiz is regarded as one of the funny men of the English top flight and his tweets are mostly entertaining.

However, the Brazilian had to sit out the club’s 4-2 midweek win over Reading with a knee injury, or as he pronounced to his followers, ‘pain on my knee’. Luiz’s tweet was news to the media, who had no knowledge of Luiz’s absence from the game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has confirmed that the club will “deal with it internally“, and reports suggest that Luiz has been fined. Now, fresh speculation has surrounded the 25-year-old’s future at the club, with Premier League champions Manchester City apparently placing a £30m bid with the Champions League holders.

City are looking to bolster their defence and are willing to pay nearly double the fee that Chelsea paid Benfica to sign the centre-back in January 2011. Luiz’s arrival to English football saw heavy criticism and questioning about his defensive ability. Famously, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said that Luiz looked as though he was being controlled by “a 10-year-old on a PlayStation“, but the Brazilian has improved his game and seems to be much more settled.

Chelsea captain John Terry seemed much more assured alongside Gary Cahill in central defence against Reading and although there were some questionable moments, the Blues comfortably saw out the game due to their offensive firepower. Cahill and Terry could be Roy Hodgson’s choice for England’s centre-half partnership during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, and Di Matteo would be encouraged by the prospect of his two defenders playing together on a regular basis. That situation leaves Luiz out in the cold and although he is emerging as a young talent, the opportunity to land £30m for a player who has still yet to find his highest gear could be one he would not turn down.

The Brazilian is undoubtedly happy at Chelsea, his overall demeanour never changing from its smiley-faced, wild-haired state as when he first arrived in West London, and may not be open to a move away. Whatever happens at the end of this transfer window, whether the Blues lose Luiz or keep him, the Brazilian still has lots of improvement to do before he can reach the top level. That could be under Di Matteo or he could take the opportunity to move to Eastlands and work with Roberto Mancini, who is looking for an elite defender and could see Luiz as a partner to City skipper Vincent Kompany.

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