David Luiz could leave Arsenal on a free at the end of the season after the club confirmed that the Brazil international penned a one-year contract last August.
The Gunners do have the option to retain the Brazil international for an additional 12-months but Sky Sports report that we’ve not attempted to have that conversation with the 33-year-old.
Asked by Arseblog News if that might change in the near future, a club spokesman refused to be drawn on the matter.
Even with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal leaving, Arsenal’s decision to sign David Luiz from Chelsea raised eyebrows at the time. At £8 million it wasn’t a huge expense for an experienced Premier League winner but his reputation proceeded him.
In truth, while a very popular player in the camp, he’s been every bit as erratic on the pitch as many predicted. It’s worth caveating that in the first half of the season, Emery’s Gunners were, to a man, awful in defence and that things have improved a great deal under Mike Arteta, who apparently likes him a lot.
Luiz’s upturn in form makes a possible premature departure something of a surprise, however, with the club expected to make heavy financial losses in the coming year due to the coronavirus pandemic (and a lack of Champions League football), we could well be looking to trim the wage bill wherever possible.
Luiz recently said that he’d love to finish his career with Benfica, with whom he won the Portuguese title in 2009/10.
“I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica,” he told Brazilian television network SporTV.
“I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Luz in their colours.”
Presumably, we’re happy extending Luiz’s current deal to the end of this campaign. Premier League clubs have until 23 June to offer temporary extensions to players in the final year of their contracts through until whenever the 2019/20 season is completed.