Disclaimer: i must say that El Mundo Deportivo is the equivalent of The Mirror, thus not very reliable.
That said, Given that he signed his contract before breaking into the first team. the 30m EUR release clause sound very believable indeed, given that all players in Spain have one. (trying to find an article in English i saw one that said that he has a €200m clause. I think thats stupid given that he signed his new contract before breaking into the first team)
Now, if you put your Chelsea cap on. You can imagine that given that Mourinho was the one to give him his break in professional football ... well, you see where this is going.
Then you consider the new tax laws coming to Spain and the circus that tends to be Real Madrid. It might not be impossible to convince the french boy to make the trip to the bridge.
Another reason might be that since the days of Hierro Madrid has never truly appreciated their CBs. This, the complete opposite of Chelsea who even since the days of Peter Kenyon has always given great respect (and investment) to the position.
The clincher in all this though, has to be: who wouldn't want to play next to Luiz given the opportunity?!
So, what do you guys think? is my lack of sleep just making me find connections where there is none, or should we be sending Emenalo an email to alert him of this master plan?
* Also FWIW given that Madrid will for sure not want to play ball to this. paying the release clause would actually mean Chelsea paying closer to €40m due to VAT and other taxes involved in this transaction (there is an article somewhere by Sid Lowe that explains that in more detail)