Chelsea news: Barcelona make call over Maurizio Sarri favourite, It’s not Willian

CHELSEA defender David Luiz will not be moving to Barcelona in January.

The Brazil intentional has been linked with a switch to the Nou Camp in the New Year as Barca seek defensive reinforcements.

But, according to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga heavyweights aren’t interested in securing his services.

Luiz isn’t the only Premier League defender Barca have been linked with as doubts grow about Samuel Umtiti’s fitness.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and former Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic have also been touted as potential arrivals.

But a deal fro Luiz appears to be off the table.

The 31-year-old is now firmly back in the first-team fold at Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri views him as being integral to his long-term plans despite his exile during Antonio Conte’s tenure.

A Barca move for Koscielny seems similarly unlikely.

The Frenchman is currently injured and is yet to play under new boss Unai Emery.

As for Ivanovic, he left Chelsea for Zenit in 2017 but is now in the twilight of his career.

A more realistic acquisition could be Juventus ace Medhi Benatia.

The centre-back is open to leaving Turin having struggled for regular game time.

Juve, however, have slapped a £22m asking price on his head.

Barca are performing solidly this season with Real Madrid in disarray domestically.

Ernesto Valverde’s men drew 1-1 with Inter Milan in the Champions League last night.

Speaking after the clash, he said: “We wanted to close out our lead.

“We did everything possible, but we’re happy because we managed to qualify.

“We played a great game, the quality of Inter is that they know how to handle themselves very well.

“They have earned many points in the last moments of matches.”

Chelsea are in Europa League action this week.

They face BATE in Belarus tomorrow evening.

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