Man City line up £30m bid for Luiz as Chelsea star is fined for revealing injury on Twitter
Manchester City have turned their attention to Chelsea defender David Luiz after being frustrated in their attempts to bring Daniel Agger to the Etihad Stadium.
City boss Roberto Mancini has stepped up his search for a new defender after Micah Richards was ruled out for 10 weeks.
The club were already lacking defensive cover before Richards picked up an ankle injury at the Olympics, and after several bids for Agger were rejected by Liverpool, they have now had a £30million bid turned down by Chelsea for Brazilian international Luiz, according to The Sun.
The 25-year-old was left out Chelsea’s squad for Wednesday night’s 4-2 win over Reading, with the player citing a knee injury as the reason on his Twitter account.
But The Sun are reporting that Luiz – who arrived at Chelsea in January 2011 in a £24million deal from Benfica – was in fact left out as the club were continuing negotiations with City over his sale.
The player has been fined for his use of the social networking site to break the news of his injury. Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said: ‘This social media thing is all around us now. We’ll deal with it internally.’