Friday, 31 May 2013


ABOVE: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates Chelsea's Europa League win
31st May 2013

By Jack Wilson

CHELSEA defender Branislav Ivanovic has found himself top of the Barcelona wish-list.

And he could form part of a double swoop as team-mate David Luiz is also being lined up by the Catalan giants.

Sources in Spain suggest that Barca were keen on moving for PSG's Brazilian centre-half Thiago Silva - but they have been put off by a high asking price.

Instead, they have realigned their sights and Ivanovic and Luiz are on their agenda.

Barca may move for either one of the two, although Jose Mourinho will be hugely unlikely to let them both leave Stamford Bridge.

However, he has been told that he will need to raise his own cash and the pair would both command high transfer fees.

Ivanovic and Luiz are comfortable with the ball at their feet and would fit in with Barca's passing style.

Serbian captain Ivanovic, 29, was signed by Luiz Felipe Scolari for £10m back in 2008.

He netted the winning goal in the Europa League final with Benfica and has made himself a mainstay in the Chelsea line-up.

Worried Luiz, meanwhile, has demanded showdown talks with Mourinho to establish whether he has a future under the new Blues boss.