Reports coming out of France suggest that Arsenal made an unsuccessful bid worth €20 for David Luiz
The Brazilian had a falling out with Antonio Conte last season which resulted in him being left out of Chelsea’s starting eleven more often than not. His knee issues also returned this campaign, not allowing the defender to be available for all the games. This lack of game time cost the 31-year-old a chance to make it to Tite’s World Cup squad. Ever since the turn of this year, Luiz has been linked with the exit door. Napoli’s interest has been well-reported but a bid from Arsenal came out of the blue.
Le 10 Sport is claiming that Chelsea rejected the modest bid for David Luiz. Given that Conte’s stay at Stamford Bridge is on the verge of coming to an end, the Brazilian’s career could yet be resurrected under the new manager. However, with the Blues stalling on paying Maurizio Sarri’s release clause, Conte could yet earn a stay on his execution. That would most certainly spell doom for Luiz’s second term at the Bridge.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, have already wrapped up a deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathapolous. A bid for David Luiz suggests that Unai Emery is very unsatisfied with his current options at the back. In fact, the Gunners’ entire spine is in need of restructuring. Hence, the move for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira, interest in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and a pair of experienced centre-backs.
David Luiz is a good ball-playing defender who was a revelation when Conte switched to three at the back midway through Chelsea’s title-winning campaign. Flanked by Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, his passing range was showcased brilliantly while his occasional attacking forays were taken care of by his partners. If utilised in a proper system, Emery could get a brilliant player for his new team.