Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi claim today that Lazio are interested in signing Arsenal star David Luiz this summer.
The Brazilian is injured at the moment and had to undergo surgery on his knee last week. He will be out for about a month, but once he’s back, Arsenal have a tough decision to make.
Luiz’s current deal expires this summer. Despite many supporters’ moans, the former Chelsea man was given a one-year extension at the end of last season, and that has worked out very well for Arsenal.
Many felt that Mikel Arteta would be keen to keep hold of him for another year at the end of this season, but Football London revealed yesterday that Luiz is unlikely to get an extension once his current deal expires.
That has alerted a number of clubs. Whatever you think of Luiz, there are very few defenders in the world who have the kind of experience, leadership and trophies under his belt as he does.
Lazio want David Luiz on a free transfer
The Brazilian will not be short of offers this summer and it looks Lazio are eyeing a move for him.
The Biancocelesti have been on the market for a new defender for a while now. They are looking for someone experienced and cheap this summer, and Luiz checks both the boxes.
At the moment, the Arsenal man – labelled an ‘exceptional player with incredible mentality‘ by Pep Guardiola – is just on the minds of Lazio chiefs, but the interest is expected to increase as we near the start of the summer transfer window.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Keeping hold of Luiz wouldn’t be a bad idea at all, but with William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos coming back, Arteta might decide to focus on youth next season.