Chelsea’s forte has always been their strong first team squad.

But in this era of austerity under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s strength is becoming the young players coming through their academy.

Players like Ethan Ampadu, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori are all showing heaps of promise.

Therefore, rumours suggesting Barcelona could be preparing a move for David Luiz should make for excellent reading for Abramovich.

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Maurizio Sarri’s made an excellent start in West London – his side is unbeaten in all competitions.

But if the Blues have had one weakness, it would be their defensive solidity and in particular, Luiz.

The Brazilian is fantastic on the ball, but still looks susceptible when asked to defend one-on-one.

As he’s on the wrong side of thirty, cashing in on Luiz could be a viable option for Chelsea.

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He could probably warrant a fair transfer fee on the back of his performances this season, and would open the door to a youngster playing.

It shouldn’t be washed over just how good a servant he’s been for Chelsea.

But his time at Chelsea may be coming to the end, in favour of one of their promising academy players.

It may have to wait until the summer, but if Chelsea can unload Luiz to help a young player develop, they should take the opportunity with both hands.