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After Barcelona captain and club legend Carles Puyol announced that he will be quitting the club after the current season, the Catalan club has renewed its interest in Chelsea’s David Luiz. It is expected that Barcelona will be placing a bid of 30 million Euros (24.7 million) for the 26 year old Brazil international.
According to sources, the Barcelona bosses are hopeful that they will be able to close the deal swiftly before the World Cup finals kick off in the month of June with the Chelsea player being a key figure in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazilian squad.
Last summer Barcelona had made a formal bid on the Brazilian star but the bid was rejected after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho adamant that Luiz is not up for sale.
Although Luiz has not been agitating for a shift, according to reports he will be more than pleased to work out a contract with Barcelona and after Mourinho’s plans of recruitment-wherein he has acquired Kurt Zouma, the French central defender from Saint-Etienne from 12.5 million pounds and also Benfica’s holding defender Nemanja Matic for 21 million pounds-he may consider selling.
Earlier Mourinho did not want to let go off Luiz as the coach wanted to give the Brazilian some more chances following his not-so-great performances but it seems that Luiz has not been able to impress his coach much.
Luiz is extremely popular with the fans of the club but according to sources some of his Chelsea teammates agree with Mourinho that Luiz is too showy and casual and this is not helping the team’s cause. Though Mourinho agrees that Luiz is extremely talented he feels that the rugged edges that he likes in his central defenders is missing with Luiz and therefore he is not a very good option in the midfield.
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Aston Villa’s Jores Okore will be out of action for 3 months as he crushed his anterior cruciate ligament when playing his 4th match for Villa when facing off against Newcastle United. This is certainly not good news for a club that is fighting to stay in the middle section of the Premier League standings.
This isn’t the 1st time that Aston Villa has seen some of their defenders out injured for a significant amount of time as Rob Vlaar, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark have also had similar incidents in the past.
Jores Okore is one of the latest additions that Aston Villa has had in their injury list. Libor Kozak is the most noteworthy player of the club that will be missing out from the remainder of the season after picking up a leg break.
Libor Kozak’s injury gives the chance for the Danish stiker Nicklas Helenius to step it up and make his claim at the forward position of Aston Villa. Helenius made an impressive season when he played in Denmarked scoring 16 goals and providing 7 assists as he was even named as the Superliga’s player of the year.
Despite having made those fairly impressive accomplishments, Helenius has not earned the trust of Paul Lamber who almost always preferred playing with Libor Kozak and the Danish forward had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team but things may change for him now that Kozak will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
If there is anything that Aston Villa needs to improve this season it’s their attacking department as they have lost 4 out of their last 5 matches with the main reason being their lack to score goals when needed and hopefully the introduction of Helenius into the main team will change it.
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