Manchester United to offer £30 million for David Luiz

Manchester United are set to give Chelsea a taste of their won medicine with a move for David Luiz.

Blues officials have angered United this summer with their persistent pursuit of Wayne Rooney despite the Red Devils insistence that the England striker is going nowhere and not for sale.

Chelsea however have refused to give up and are believed to be lining up one last bid for the 27 year old although they could now be distracted with David Moyes ready to make a counter move for Brazilian star Luiz.

The versatile 26 year old would offer Moyes solutions to his midfield problem not to mention providing cover for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Despite Vidic and Ferdinand being the first choice pairing, Moyes has concerns over their ability to last the rigours of a quadruple chasing demanding season given their recent injury records.

Despite Chelsea turning down a bid from Barcelona, believed to be in the region of £35 million, reports in the Mirror claim United are ready to test the water with an opening offer of £30 million.

Chelsea refused to enter into negotiations with the Catalan outfit it is likely that the United move will also be give short change. However United are undeterred with the report claiming that Moyes believes that Jose Mourinho, a strict tactician, is not overly keen on the flamboyant samba style of Luiz.

Luiz was missing from the Chelsea squad that played out a 0-0 draw with the defending champions on Monday and has yet to feature for the Blues this season as he looks to shake off a hamstring problem suffered in pre-season.

Unlike Chelsea’s very public courtship of Rooney, United have not come out in public with their interest in Luiz instead they have been in talks with the Londoners behind the scenes.

With Gary Cahill and the rejuvenated John Terry impressing in the early stages Luiz could struggle for a regular first team place and Moyes hopes to capitalise on those doubts to bring the player to Manchester.

Any potential deal could hinge however on Rooney with Chelsea’s pursuit showing no signs of slowing down. While United would rather do a straight deal they face the prospect of a Luiz plus cash for Rooney, something which the club’s hierarchy will not commit to, publically anyway.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.