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Luiz rejected Barcelona offer

Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that he turned down a move to Barcelona during the recently closed transfer window, according to the Express.

The Brazil international was linked with a move to the Nou Camp all summer, and he himself has confirmed that their interest was backed up by an official approach which he in turn rejected.

Another Blues player interesting the La Liga champions is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtios, according to Talksport.

The Belgium goalkeeper, who is currently on loan for a third season with Atletico Madrid, has emerged as a target for the Catalan club, who are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for next season.

Current number one Victor Valdes is set leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Talksport have also reported that Nathan Ake rejected the opportunity to go out on loan for this season.

The highly-regarded Dutch defender was expected to return to his homeland, where seven Chelsea players currently reside.

No less than six of the Blues squad have moved to Vitesse Arnhem, though it was PSV Eindhoven who were reportedly interested in Ake.

Finally, the Metro understands that Nathaniel Chalobah is wanted by Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Watford.

The latter took the eighteen year old for the entirety of last season, and he played thirty-eight games, helping the Hornets reach the play-offs, where they eventually lost in the final to Crystal Palace.

Bayern interested in Luiz

Chelsea are preparing themselves for a bid from Bayern Munich for defender David Luiz, according to the Metro.

Pep Guardiola wants the Brazil international to play in the heart of his defence as he aims to retain the league, cup and Champions League in his first season with the club.

The Spaniards former club Barcelona are also reportedly interested in the 26 year old, who the Blues paid £21m to Benfica for two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Express claim that should the transfer happen, the club could potentially move for Luiz’s international teammate Leandro Castan.

The Roma defender made 30 appearances in Serie A last season, with his last game coming in the 1-0 Coppa Italia final defeat to fierce local rivals Lazio.

Elsewhere, the club are lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s holding midfielder Luis Gustavo, the Mirror understands.

Jose he has identified the 26 year old, who is set to see his chances it the Allianz Arena limited following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, as his top target in that position following reports that he has doubts over John Obi Mikel’s ability to play that role.

Finally, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are all interested in taking eighteen year old defender Nathan Ake on loan, according to the Daily Star.