Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has set his sights on bringing Chelsea centre-back David Luiz to Germany next summer.
The Brazilian has started just eight Premier League games this season at Chelsea as John Terry and Gary Cahill have forged the starting partnership in Jose Mourinho's defence. However, in the last few games he has played more regularly and the Portuguese boss has insisted that he wants the defender to stay despite rumours about his exit continuing.
German newspaper Bild claims Guardiola wants him to become the leader of his defence next season and he is ready to make a huge bid to secure his services next summer.
The Bayern manager tried to sign Luiz for Barcelona when he managed the Spanish giants and is now looking for a centre-back like the Brazilian, who can build from the back.
This season the Spanish boss has entrusted Dante with the task of orchestrating play from the back, but he has struggled to find a regular partner for the Brazilian. Jerome Boateng and Daniel Van Buyten have been fighting for the place while Holger Badstuber is out of the team with a long-term injury.
Reports in Spain claimed recently that Barcelona were also interested in signing Luiz in this transfer window, but Jose Mourinho dismissed an offer from the Catalans and insisted that they will not sell him in January.
'The bid? It's wasted time for them," said Mourinho.
'My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time. We don't want to lose our best players. No chance."
However, it has reported that Chelsea are preparing a move for Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia and his signature may open a new door to David Luiz next summer.