The 30-year-old Brazil international finds himself on the sidelines having fallen foul of Blues boss Antonio Conte, after suffering a knee injury earlier in the season.
Newcastle’s alarming slide down the Premier League table leaves Magpies boss Rafa Benitez no alternative but to invest some of the £20m transfer funds he is being handed on a short-term loan deal.
The Spaniard is desperate to shore up his defence but also requires a striker to solve the problems of a goal-shy attack. This weekend sees them face a daunting trip to West Ham, knowing defeat could leave them perilously close to the bottom three.
Conte failed to quell the growing storm around the civilian by claiming he “did not know” whether Luiz had a future at the club; he was more interested in focussing his attention on Andreas Christensen whom he labelled “the present and the future for Chelsea.”
Benitez feels that the opportunity to sign experienced players on loan is too good to miss. “If you have a player on loan who’s quite good now, then we have to do it,” he said. “There are not too many options with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it’s not easy.
Signing the Brazilian won’t be easy. Newcastle face competition from Real Madrid and Juventus among Europe’s elite who are all looking at signing the former PSG and Benfica centre-back.