We've been linked with Luiz for a while, and the British press reported our first bid as being either £21.5m or £25m. Either way, this is a significant improvement on that and apparently Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira is tempted by the money on offer. The fact that the A Bola headline says that it is an 'act of (financial) madness' shows how big our offer looks in Lisbon.
Luiz is certainly very highly thought of. I caught a few Benfica games on television last year and he impressed. He might look like Carles Puyol but with the ball at his feet he's much more of a Gerard Piqué. To quote Tor-Kristian Karlsen (acclaimed former scout and technical director), 'he's so good with the ball he makes Rio Ferdinand look like Robocop', and, moreover, he would be the perfect complement for Jérôme Boateng. He had previously said of Luiz:
amazing coup by man city if they land david luiz. wonderful def; elegant, xlnt on the ball, pacey, versatile, commanding. he's got it all
>High praise. While there are transfers I'm less enthusiastic about - James Milner, mainly - this is not one of them. I'm not a fan of Joleon Lescott or Kolo Touré and I'm not particularly attached to either of them too. If we were to bring Luiz in ahead of them I would be delighted.