The Brazilian football year is slowly getting underway, first with the state championships then with the national league competition, and defending Serie A champions Palmeiras are looking to reinforce their squad ahead of the long season.
Currently managed by former Chelsea head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, one their big name targets is none other than Chelsea defender David Luiz, who’s now into the final six months of his contract and would thus be free to sign a pre-contract with any foreign team for a summer transfer.
According to Fox Sports Brazil, Big Green have held a “consultation” with Chelsea over the situation of the 31-year-old veteran defender — who got his youth start in the ranks of Sao Paulo, one of Palmeiras’s biggest rivals, but is a “Corinthian at heart”, who are an even bigger rival! — and while there are no negotiations going on at the moment, the option remains open (and undeterred by the bad vibes of Scolari and David Luiz sharing a pitch for the infamous 7-1 Mineiraço in 2014).
Palmeiras sounded out David Luiz, according to Fox Sports: https://t.co/VQoJrcf498— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) January 10, 2019
Fox Sports claim that David Luiz’s preference is a return to Benfica — an option that was ruled over the summer — while more recent rumors have him hoping that Chelsea bend the club’s over-30 rule for him and, commensurate with his key role in Sarri’s squad, offer a multi-year extension instead of the one-year deal that’s on the table.
That’s unlikely to happen of course, so David has a few decisions to make in the next few months.