Chelsea centre-back David Luiz is the latest name to be linked with a move to Arsenal as the Gunners look to strengthen the defence before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday.
L’Equipe (and a fair few others) are reporting that the mop-headed 32-year-old Brazil international refused to train with the Blues this morning in an attempt to force a move to the Emirates.
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Unai Emery is known to be on the hunt for a centre-back to replace Laurent Koscielny who moved to Bordeaux yesterday three weeks after refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.
Edu obviously knows Luiz well from his time with the Brazil team and Chelsea are apparently open to him leaving, despite the fact he penned a two-year extension in May. He’s in his second spell at Stamford Bridge having spent a couple of years at Paris Saint Germain. So far though, we’ve not yet made a formal bid.
Arsenal are also said to be interested in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani. At 20 and 25 respectively they certainly look like longer-term options but would also be considerably more expensive than Luiz.
At this point, it certainly feels like the latter is more achievable. Let’s see what happens.