Arsenal have reportedly not ruled out handing David Luiz a new contract ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Brazilian’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
According to The Evening Standard, the Gunners are yet to start contract negotiations with the 34-year-old defender, but the north London club are yet to make a final decision on the former Chelsea man, with a prospect of a new contract still an option for the veteran centre-back.
Luiz has been a consistent figure in the Arsenal XI this season under Mikel Arteta, with the defender making 29 appearances in all competitions for the north London club, with the ex-PSG star missing the past few games to a knee injury which required minor surgery.
With a reported wage of £120,000-a-week according to The Sun, Luiz is one of the highest-paid players at the club, with that particular report claiming that if the defender wanted to remain with the north London side, he would have to take a significant pay cut to stay on with Arteta’ side.
Despite being a favourite amongst the players in the squad, with Martin Odegaard calling Luiz ‘ruthless’ in his approach to training via the Premier League’s official YouTube channel, the defender is starting to enter the twilight years of his footballing career, and at 34, Arsenal could do with allowing the centre-back to leave when his current deal expires in the summer.
It would be a logical move given how many centre-backs the Gunners currently have on the books, with William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos also out on loan for the season, with the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari all on long-term contracts, Luiz is the odd one out when it comes to the logistics of the defensive section of the Arsenal squad.
With a mammoth weekly wage, as well, the Gunners will be trimming off a good chunk of their payroll if Luiz was allowed to walk, which would allow the club great financial freedom in the summer transfer window when it comes to convincing players to join the club.