Team Arsenal have agreed to a new £8m deal with Chelsea to sign over defender David Luiz on a contract that is set to last for a total of two years. The 32 year old centre-back from Brazil, who had signed a new two-year Chelsea deal earlier in May, will be receiving medical at Arsenal in the next few days. Arsenal also sold defender Laurent Koscielny to French club Bordeaux for a fee of up to 5m euros (£4.6m).
Luiz has spent a total of six and a half years with Chelsea during two seasons and has made 160 Premier League appearances in that time, along with scoring 11 goals. His leaving, if officially confirmed, comes just five weeks after Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to manage his former club. Chelsea has been banned from signing any new players until the end of January 2020 following an investigation into their signing of players that are under 18 years of age.
With Gary Cahill, who has since joined Crystal Palace, being released toward the end of last season, Chelsea’s options at centre-back include German Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, who was on loan at Everton last season, along with Denmark’s Andreas Christensen.
Having signed for Chelsea from Benfica in a £21m deal in January 2011, Luiz was part of Paris St-Germain for £40m in June of 2014 before he returned to Stamford Bridge in August 2016 for a £34 million deal.
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