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Chelsea 17m David Luiz bid rejected as Manchester City lurk

30 Dec 2010 17:39:32

Chelsea 17m David Luiz bid rejected as Manchester City lurk

Chelsea have been knocked back in a bid to sign Benfica defender David Luiz for £17million, it has been claimed. Carlo Ancelotti admitted at the weekend that he could be in the market for a defender to arrest their stuttering form. Chelsea and Manchester City were both keen on Luiz in the summer, but Benfica insisted they would not sell for anything less than his £43m release clause. Centre of attention: Benfica defender Luiz turns out against Schalke The situation has now changed, with the Lisbon giants struggling in the league and Luiz reportedly making it clear he will not sign a new contract to stay beyond 2015. Alternative: Much-admired Bolton defender Cahill City had been tipped to meet Benfica's revised £25m asking price when the transfer window reopens next month, but Sportsmail understands a move this winter is unlikely. Roberto Mancini this week confirmed his admiration of the 23-year-old, but is also pursuing £8m-rated Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz. Portuguese newspaper Record claims Chelsea have made the first move for Luiz, but Stamford Bridge boss Ancelotti may have to look at other targets - such as Bolton's Gary Cahill - after meeting resistance from Benfica. Despite having the meanest defence in the Barclays Premier League - conceding 15 in 19 games - Chelsea have recently struggled with injuries to central defenders John Terry and Alex. They have recorded just two clean sheets in their last 13 games, contributing to a fall from runaway Premier League leaders to fourth-placed title-race outsiders.  Mancini admits Balotelli is homesick and confirms interest in Dzeko and Luiz I have got money to spend! Chelsea boss Ancelotti targets new defenderCHELSEA FC


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