Various reports this evening say that David Luiz is close to signing a one year extension with Arsenal ahead of tonight’s midnight deadline.
The club had previously declined to take up the option which was built into the contract he signed after his £8m arrival from Chelsea last August, a deal which between all fees and wages cost the Gunners well over £20m for one year of service.
The Brazilian has hardly been a resounding success on the pitch, conceding four penalties and being sent off twice – the latest red card coming against Man City last week.
There would have been few Arsenal fans shedding tears had he departed, even in the midst of an injury hit end to this season, but somehow it’s all seemed to come up roses for him, and he’ll spend another year in North London.
His agent Kia Joorabchian, also the agent of Technical Director Edu – and a close friend of Head of Football Raul Sanllehi – will be happy to have at last secured a
paying playing future for his client and will look forward to enjoying more days in our Director’s Box.
Another of Joorabchian’s clients, Cedric Soares, whose loan deal from Southampton cost almost £5m, will also be an Arsenal player next season with a four year deal on offer to the 28 year old who turns 29 in August but until then remains 28 because that’s how it works.
The Portuguese international was brought in despite the fact he had a knee injury, and has yet to make an appearance in red and white because of the Covid-19 lockdown and another injury sustained in training.
Meanwhile, Pablo Mari – another player represented by one of Sanllehi’s close associates, Arturo Canales (the man who helped bring Unai Emery to Arsenal) – will sign a four year contract as Arsenal make his loan move from Flamengo permanent.
The Spaniard suffered a serious injury against Man City and will miss at least three months before he can play again, but some time next season we’ll find out if he’s good enough to be a part of the Arsenal defence for years to come because until now we haven’t seen enough of him to say with any assurance that he is.
Let’s hope so!