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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Barcelona offer Alex Song to Chelsea as part of David Luiz swap deal

Matt Law

Published 16/05/2014 | 17:56

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David Luiz has called on Chelsea to cling to the possibility of winning the Barclays Premier League
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Barcelona are prepared to offer former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song to Chelsea as part of a bid for David Luiz.

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The Catalans are set to battle with Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain over Luiz, who is expected to be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.

Bayern can use Chelsea’s interest in striker Mario Mandzukic as a bargaining tool in their pursuit of Luiz and Barcelona will check on whether the Blues want Song.

Cameroon international Song will leave the Nou Camp this summer and is interested in a return to England.

Barca have already offered him to Manchester United and Liverpool, and attempted to generate interest from Tottenham.

Like Luiz, Song can play in midfield or defence but it is unclear whether or not Chelsea manager Mourinho would be interested in the 26-year-old.

Mourinho has already made Tottenham midfielder Paulinho a surprise target and is prepared to sell £30 million-rated Luiz to help generate transfer funds, rather than to use in swap deals.

Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez could be a more appealing player to Mourinho for Barcelona to offer for trade.

Liverpool have made an inquiry to Chelsea about signing the brother of Eden Hazard, Thorgan.

Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria flew to Belgium to watch Thorgan play for his loan club Zulte Waregem this week.

The 21-year-old is Belgium’s Player of the Year and his father Thierry said: “We will quietly look at all the offers and see which one Thorgan is most comfortable with.”

Other than checking on the progress of Thorgan, it is believed Mourinho was also keen to see 17-year-old starlet Youri Tielemans, who played for Waregem’s opponents Anderlecht.

Tielemans is rated as the best young prospect currently playing in Belgium and Chelsea are among a host of European clubs who are watching him.

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