Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has dismissed speculation that the Catalan club will try and sign either David Luiz or Daniel Agger after admitting he is happy with his defensive options. Martino took over at the Nou Camp this summer after Tito Vilanova was forced to resign due to his on-going battle with throat cancer and having analysed the squad at first-hand it was believed that ‘Tata’ wanted to strengthen the defence. Reports of a £25m bid for Chelsea defender Luiz surfaced last week but Jose Mourinho has remained defiant that the Brazilian will not be leaving the club this summer and Liverpool’s vice-captain Daniel Agger was also believed to be on Martino’s wish list. But speaking in a press conference ahead of their opening La Liga match against Levante Martino said: “We have Puyol Pique Mascherano Bartra even Adriano. If there's an injury January transfer window is only a few months away.” The Primera Division champions suffered with injuries and suspension at the back last season and long-term doubts over the fitness of Carles Puyol remain after he endured an injury-hit campaign in which Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano were also missing from the side.
Martino rules out Barcelona move for David Luiz and Daniel Agger
The Independent | Aug 18