English Premier League side, Arsenal are discussing fresh terms for David Luiz, who is out of contract at the end of the month.
Arsenal technical director Edu has praised the leadership of David Luiz both on and off the pitch as the Gunners mull on how to retain the veteran centre-back.
Luiz would be out of contract at the end of this month and the Gunners are yet to trigger the 12 month extension option they have in his £125,000-a-week deal amid fears on the financial impact of the coronavirus on their finances.
Talks have begun between Arsenal and Luiz’s representatives to see a possible extension for the 33-year-old. Arsenal might agree a temporary deal with the Brazilian centre-back for the remainder of the season but there are discussion on retaining him through to the end of 2020/21 with a lower weekly wage.
That could be a good one for Luiz, because he is unlikely to find any club that’d be able to match his current salary in a market where almost every club is in a similar financial position to Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta and Edu are both keen to retain Luiz but acknowledge that the club may be forced into decisions they’d rather not make at a time when they have been losing £25million a month without any football to play.
Losing Luiz would certainly be a decision Arsenal took reluctantly with the Brazilian’s ability to build attacks from deep crucial to Arteta’s philosophy. The former Chelsea defender has also been a vocal proponent of the head coach, describing him as comparable to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
“David is more experienced and very used to the league,” Edu said. “He’s a guy who can really help in the day-to-day on and off the pitch, as he’s been doing.
“I already knew him well because I got to be with him at the national team when I was a co-orindator and it went very well.”