Gerardo Martino 'knows nothing' of FC Barcelona's bid for Chelsea's David Luiz

Barcelona are known to be in the market for a ball playing central defender as back up to their ageing and increasingly injury-prone captain Carles Puyol.

updated: August 07, 2013 21:54 IST
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Bangkok: Barcelona's new boss Gerard Martino on Wednesday said he was unaware of a bid for Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz, despite swirling rumours in the British press.

Speaking to reporters in Bangkok after watching his side canter to a 1-7 victory over a young Thai team, he said he had no knowledge of a rumoured bid worth around 35 million pounds (40 million euros, $54 million) for the towering defender, who can also play in a holding midfield role.

"We are here in Thailand, there is nothing we know about this," he said in a terse reply to a question on the potential for recruiting the Chelsea man.

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