Liga - Spanish transfer gossip: Luiz not to be sold at any price

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club’s stance on David Luiz’s possible move to Barcelona.

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David Luiz has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

The Catalans tabled a bid for the Brazil international at the beginning of August but Mourinho remains insistent the 26-year-old central defender is staying at Stamford Bridge.

“There is no possibility he will be leaving. He is a player we want to keep and he still has four years left on his contract.

“We like him here. He is an important part of this club and we will not be selling him at any price,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.

Despite Luiz renewing his existing deal with Chelsea, the rumours have persisted over the summer that the player himself is open to a transfer.

“I don’t know if he said that. What I can say is that he’s not leaving,” the former Real Madrid boss said emphatically.

Speculation surrounding Sami Khedira’s future at Real Madrid has intensified following claims he was offered to Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Radio Montecarlo, the player’s representatives contacted the French club on Wednesday saying he would be open to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in light of Jose Mourinho’s departure and the arrival of new midfield signings.

The German international is unsure whether he will be a regular fixture in new boss Carlo Ancelotti’s starting line-up next term and is also fearful he could lose his place in his country’s national team before the start of next year’s World Cup.

As a result, PSG have not ruled out negotiations to bring Khedira to the Parc des Princes, although it is understood it would take a big-money offer to pave the way for any possible transfer.

Marca claims Khedira is not indispensable and is still considered important by Ancelotti, although the Italian tactician has an abundance of central midfield talent at his disposal with Asier Illarramendi, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and youngster Casemiro.According to Radio Montecarlo, the player’s representatives contacted the French club on Wednesday saying he would be open to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in light of Jose Mourinho’s departure and the arrival of new midfield signings.

The German international is unsure whether he will be a regular fixture in new boss Carlo Ancelotti’s starting line-up next term and is also fearful he could lose his place in his country’s national team before the start of next year’s World Cup.

As a result, PSG have not ruled out negotiations to bring Khedira to the Parc des Princes, although it is understood it would take a big-money offer to pave the way for any possible transfer.

Marca claims Khedira is not indispensable and is still considered important by Ancelotti, although the Italian tactician has an abundance of central midfield talent at his disposal with Asier Illarramendi, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and youngster Casemiro.

According to The Telegraph, the Real Madrid squad are unhappy at the money Gareth Bale is likely to earn at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The report claims Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has informed President Florentino Perez that Bale’s signing is unnecessary as he does not fit into his side, while he is believed to have also noted some dressing room unrest when it was revealed the Welshman would earn between €9m (£7.6m) and €10m (£8.5m) after tax.

Players such as Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema are reported to have made their opposition clear, while other players share their feelings and believe Los Blancos already possess a squad to fight for every honour available during the 2013-14 campaign.

Ozil’s father was in Madrid in June asking for an improved contract for his son, who currently earns around €5m-a-year (£4.2m-a-year), and Benzema is hoping to meet with Madrid officials soon to discuss a new deal as his agreement expires in 2015.

At the same time, Di Maria plans to remain at the club after so far refusing to move to Tottenham Hotspur as a makeweight in the attempt to bring Bale to the Spanish capital. 

Manchester United are ready to make one final bid in order to bring Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Telegraph claims United boss David Moyes, who refuses to give up in his attempts to land the Spanish international, will offer up to €48m (£40.8m) in one last effort to tempt Barcelona to part with the player.

The Reds had all but abandoned their pursuit of the former Arsenal man last week following comments by the 26-year-old that he had no intention of departing the Camp Nou, and even issued a statement to that effect.

However, Moyes remains convinced Fabregas is still unsure over whether he will be a regular choice for new boss Tata Martino next season and believes the next two weeks might mark a turning point in his attempts to sign him.

It is also understood that Barca have intimated to United there is a figure that would prompt them into listening to offers for Fabregas.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has praised Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, amidst speculation that he could move to Italy.

The Partenopei have been linked with the Bluagrana man in recent weeks, and the Argentine has admitted that he talks often with his former Liverpool boss.

“Moving to Napoli? I can only say that I speak with Benitez often,” he told Il Mattino. “Almost every day we talk.

“I’ve always appreciated him as a Coach.”

Rumours may have linked with Argentina international to Stadio San Paolo, but the Liga champions are unlikely to want to sell the 29-year-old.

The agent of Barcelona defender Martin Montoya has revealed that Inter and Napoli have enquired about his client.

The Blaugrana youngster has found first-team opportunities at Camp Nou hard to come by in recent seasons.

But the player’s representative has claimed that the 22-year-old’s future is with Tata Martino’s men.

“We have received many requests for Martin,” Jose Maria Orobitg told Ilsussidiario.net.

“Inter and Napoli have asked, but Barcelona want to keep him at all costs.

“This week we have talked about an extension, so I hope everything goes well.”

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that Granada midfielder Mikel Rico could join the club.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Los Leones this summer, and the Coach has confirmed that a deal may be reached.

“I do not like talking about players who are not here,” he told a Press conference.

“But what we have to do is enhance the squad that is already here.

“If the move is completed – great. If not then we have to move on and continue working.

“But my team have shown a commendable spirit so far.”

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