Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Chelsea's bid for Luiz rejected

Chelsea have had a £17 million bid for the Benfica defender David Luiz rejected, who is also interesting Manchester City ahead of the transfer window opening tomorrow.

Earlier this week, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted that, along with Edin Dzeko, he wanted to sign Luiz, 23, during January, claiming the defender has the potential to be one of the best in the world.

“You have to invest in young talent — players like him [Luiz], whom so many admire, and who I consider to have everything to become one of the best defenders in the world,” Mancini said.

With City confident of completing a £30million deal for Wolfsburg striker Dzeko next week, a further move for Luiz would bring an end to their search for new players and prompt further outgoings, with a potential loan move being sought for Emmanuel Adebayor. The destination of Roque Santa Cruz, who has interested both Fulham and Stoke but has rejected a loan move to Lazio, remains unclear. While Mancini's assistant Brian Kidd would not discuss the imminent arrival of Dzeko yesterday, he claimed that City's squad is as good as any in the Premier League.

United and City go into the new year level on points at the top of the table and Kidd thinks Mancini is making significant progress. “We've been looking at the top four as a priority and to take it from there and it's obvious that it's Manchester United's to lose now,” Kidd said.

“It's in their hands and it's for them to lose. They've been around the block, they know how to win leagues. They've been there, the same as Chelsea have in recent years. It's not so much with Arsenal because it's been five years since they've been in the mix.

“I wouldn't swap our squad with anybody in the Premier League, that's my personal view. I wouldn't swap any of our lads for anybody in the top four or five teams or anyone in the league.

“They're going quite well. It's always been a top four place at the start of the season, we're doing ok on that and no-one is getting carried away.”

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