EXCLUSIVE: Juventus eye Chelsea's Luiz
Published 22:31 06/12/11 By John Cross
Chelsea defender David Luiz could be offered an escape route to Juventus.
The Italians have made a £2million enquiry for the Brazilian's Blues team-mate and fellow centre-back Alex - but are also interested in signing Luiz.
Since joining from Benfica for £24m last January, Luiz has struggled to adapt to English football.
Now, Juve are ready to see if Chelsea want to cut their losses with an offer of around £15m to take him to Turin.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is planning a major clear-out in January which could also enable him to move for a new midfielder, with Porto's Joao Moutinho back on his radar.
Villas-Boas may also go back for Luka Modric, although Tottenham are likely to be as determined not to sell as they were last summer which means Moutinho could be a more likely option.
Moutinho, 25, has a £35m buy-out clause in his contract at Porto, who would have to pay a slice of any transfer fee to his former club, Sporting Lisbon.
Villas-Boas first priority is to clear out his squad, and Alex and Nicolas Anelka have both had transfer requests accepted.
Anelka is set to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January on a £6.4m-a-year contract.
Alex nearly went to Juventus last summer, but the Italians failed to seal the deal with Chelsea.
Now they are back, but want him even cheaper. Juve know Chelsea want to sell and are in a strong position to negotiate.
And they will soon discover whether it is the same scenario for Luiz.