Could David Luiz be facing the exit door at Arsenal?
The Brazilian defender has impressed everyone during his short spell at the club, but it has been revealed that there are no talks set in the near future to extend his stay.
It was originally thought that Luiz had initially signed a two year deal last summer, but it is in fact a one year deal – and Luiz could be heading for the exit door.
It is more a fact of circumstance rather than performance that is leading to this situation. Luiz hasn’t put a foot wrong – the Liverpool penalty incident aside – since pulling on the red and white.
Money talks though, and Arsenal need to bring in some readies to offset the losses that TV revenue would have dealt with.
There is also the aspect of personnel. Arsenal were planning to offload Konstandinos Mavropanos, Sokratis and perhaps Shkodran Mustafi before Covid-19 took hold. Now the market has changed, and sales can’t be guaranteed and nor can the fee we would have expected.
Pablo Mari is also expected to make his loan spell permanent, which will cost money.
With Rob Holding and Calum Chambers also on the books as centre-backs, we have plenty of options, but does Luiz make the cut?
The Brazilian has been solid under Mikel Arteta, and the Spaniard will most likely be keen to keep hold of Luiz, especially with William Saliba on the books from next season and an experienced head will be key to nurturing this precocious talent on the field. Luiz is also popular on the training ground and is a winner, having been at both Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain.
These things could well make the difference. With Mari, Holding, Chambers and possibly Mustafi all options for Arteta – Luiz could be surplus to requirements.
Luiz can add real value to our team, but he may not get the opportunity to show it next season.
Talks may well take place in the near future, but his Arsenal future hangs by a thread.