Kia Joorabchian expects David Luiz to stay at Arsenal for another season even though an option to extend his current deal for another 12 months has expired.
Much to everyone’s surprise, it was confirmed last week that the Brazil international had penned a 12-month contract, rather than 24-month deal, when he joined from Chelsea for £8 million last summer.
Amy Lawrence reported in The Athletic at the weekend, that the total financial outlay for one season, once wages and agent fees had been taken into account, totalled approximately £24 million; a quite staggering amount.
Joorabchian, a close friend of football executive duo Edu and Raul Sanllehi, has taken issue with the report and downplayed the chances of his client leaving the Emirates.
“The agent’s fee that was reported by The Athletic is so, so, so wrong. The fee for David was less than 10 per cent of that,” he told Sky Sports.
“He [David] is very happy at Arsenal,” added Joorabchian.
“He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody.
“Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic. We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this ‘new normal’.
“These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new normal’.
“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave.”
Arsenal have 23 days to arrange a short-term extension to Luiz’s current deal that will allow him to complete the current season as a Gunner. Whether we also push ahead with another 12-months remains to be seen. Given he’s on big money he could still be deemed expendable…but who knows? Once you’re in bed with ‘super’ agents it can be hard getting out again.
Joorabchian also touched on the futures of his other clients; Willian and Philippe Coutinho. Both have been linked with summer moves and even been touted as possible future Arsenal players.
He seemed to hint that Willian would be leaving Chelsea with the club unwilling to hand him the three-year deal he wants and that Coutinho’s future is in the hands of Bayern Munich who have an option to sign him permanently from Barcelona.