Just when it seemed that everything was settling down at Stamford Bridge, along comes another bombshell to unsettle the faithful. Barcelona has been log time admirers of the Brazilian and has stepped up their interest in the last 12 months. His performances since his early dodgy starts at the back for Chelsea, blossomed once he was moved into midfield, where he was given a bit more artistic licence, without the calamitous effects of any mistakes, which had blighted his early career in the centre of defence for Chelsea.

His performance the other night in the Europa League where he scored a stunning goal and produced an all-round commanding performance in midfield has prompted the Barcelona hierarchy to make their move for the player with a bid of around £40m. The former Benfica man is understood to be very happy living in London and signed a new deal last summer to tie him to the club until 2017. But Barcelona are confident that they can take advantage of the unrest at Chelsea over the managerial situation and their failure challenge for the Barclays Premier League in Luiz’s two-and-a-half season in England.

Barcelona`s humiliation in both Champions League legs against Bayern Munich have forced the Catalan outfit to make the move early to avoid any protracted negotiations stretching into the summer break. Barcelona will have a clear out of players this summer, so that will fund the cost of the move.

Expect a bid from Barcelona straight after the end of the season, if they haven't already made their move.