Barcelona star Dani Alves says that there is no way Jose Mourinho will allow his Brazil international team-mate, David Luiz, to join him at the Camp Nou.
Luiz is on Barca’s transfer radar as they seek to sign a central defender to shore up their creaky backline, but Mourinho has expressed a reluctance to let him leave.
The Blaugrana have been linked to a move for the mop-headed Chelsea star, but Alves says that The Special One will refuse to sell him to the Spanish champions out of spite.
Mourinho had a tetchy relationship with Barca during his time as Real Madrid manager, with many pundits breathing a sigh of relief when he left Spain, suggesting he had been like a toxic cloud over La Liga.
It has even been suggested that Mourinho’s antipathy towards Barca runs deep, because of the way his managerial ambitions were derided when he was a translator there, and because they have never considered him a potential Barca boss, despite his impressive managerial CV.
Whatever the reason, Alves seems to think Barca’s bid to sign Luiz is doomed, as long as Mourinho has final say in the matter, and so they are “wasting time” pursuing him.
"I always want the best for my friends and I tell them to come here if they can," Alves told Mundo Deportivo.
"As well as that, he [Luiz] is a great player.
“The problem is not whether he wants to come, but that in the end you have to get away from Mourinho -- and that is not going to be easy.
“The idea of facilitating David Luiz coming to Barca would not pass through his [Mourinho’s] head, and even less if it is to strengthen us. It is more than difficult for us, almost impossible."
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson once famously said he “wouldn’t sell [Liverpool] a virus”, and it seems The Special One may have taken a leaf out of the legendary Scot’s book of grudges when it comes to David Luiz.
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