A potential reunion between Jose Mourinho and David Luiz could be likely according to the Daily Star due to a bust-up between Luiz and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this season combined with the Brazilian defender falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old from Sao Paolo has played eight Premier League games that he has been available for this season. The defensive midfielder however received a two match ban for his red card against Arsenal which saw him fall out of contention.
Antonio Conte selected Andreas Christensen instead of Luiz in the 1-0 win against Manchester United and even had 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu named amongst the substitutes ahead of Luiz.
Conte and Luiz reportedly fell out after the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Roma on October 31st over the tactics employed by the ex-Italy boss during the game.
The Brazil international has been picked to return to the squad this weekend for the Blues’ trip to West Brom, but Luiz is evidently out of favour at the West London club.
The Star claims that Chelsea are “sure to want at least the £34m they paid” for Luiz upon his transfer from PSG in August 2016.
The often enigmatic holding midfielder-come centre back divides opinion among Chelsea supporters. Discipline appears to be the main drawback of the 30-year-old’s playing style with three yellow cards and one red already accumulated in the league this campaign.
He was undoubtedly at the heart of Chelsea’s title winning 2016/17 side playing 33 matches in all competitions for the Blues – proving doubters wrong after his return to SW3 from Paris St-Germain.
However this season it’s been a step backwards for the iconic defensive player. Competition is also fierce in central midfield and at centre back in the Chelsea line-up with the likes of Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Kante, Fabregas, Christiansen, Cahill and Rudiger all vying for places in the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Luiz appears to be firmly on Jose Mourinho’s radar especially as speculation grows over Marouane Fellaini’s failure to sign a contract extension at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba has also been suffering from injury this season. Pivotally, Nemanja Matic’s £40 million signature in the summer proved that we should not rule out moves between these Premier League rivals.
With Manchester United 8 points off of first placed City, Mourinho will want to secure strength in depth via more signatures in January in order to mount a late title charge. David Luiz is a utility player that could fit this mould for United.