04 May 2012

Barça follows David Luiz and Vertonghen

The Brazilian and Belgian emerge as alternative to milanista center-back Thiago Silva.

FC Barcelona has long been working to strengthen the heart of their defense, where Josep Guardiola has had to pull all this season with two natural Born central (Puyol and Piqué) and one recycling (Mascherano).

The milanista Thiago Silva is the favorite of the club azulgrana to shore up the center of his back, but two other international exchanges appear as alternatives: the fellow Brazilian Luiz David (Chelsea) and the Belgian Jan Vertonghen (Ajax).

The British newspaper 'The Guardian' yesterday insisted something already known: David Luiz (25 years) is on the agenda Barcelona. The center-back 'blue', which was out injured in the Champions League semifinal against the Pep, joined Chelsea in January 2011 after paying the London 30 'kilos' Benfica.

Although his contract expires in 2016, the Brazilian international has openly admitted culé interest more than once. His versatility on defense is very pleasing to the Barcelona coaching staff, who also appreciates that it has never been sent off in his career. David Luiz is left handed and can play both center-back and full-back, his natural place.

Meanwhile, Ajax coach Frank de Boer, has one of its central, Jan Vertonghen, serving the Barça. "I hope they come for Jan. would fit well," says former Barça defense, alluding to the versatility and personality of Belgian defender, captain of Amsterdam.

For De Boer, who has just sealed his second consecutive league coach scepter 'ajacied', the Belgian international has been one of the key pieces to sing alirón and, in his opinion, his profile fits with what you are looking Andoni Zubizarreta.

Vertonghen, just turned 25 and priced at about 12 million (in June 2013 will be free), known for its versatility (can act as a center-back and left back and left midfielder), for his personality and leadership (Ajax is the captain) for his vision, for its advance in the cut out up the ball and his ability to find the net (this course has scored 9 goals). (via MD)