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Chelsea defender David Luiz is set for a deadline day transfer move to Arsenal, with reports claiming that Chelsea and Arsenal have agreed an £8m fee for the Brazilian.
Despite only signing a new two-year contract with the Blues in May, which broke the club’s policy of only handing players aged 30 or over one-year deals, the Brazilian is keen on joining Arsenal as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who left Arsenal for Bordeaux.
The 32-year-old Brazil international trained away from Chelsea’s first-team this week in an attempt to force through a move to the Gunners, and now a deal is set to happen before the close of the transfer window.
Luiz’s deal is expected to be confirmed today, and the Blues fans are unhappy with the recent development that Luiz will be leaving Chelsea for a rival club.
With Chelsea expected to make an announcement over Luiz’s departure imminently, Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill stood outside Stamford Bridge waiting for updates.
Surprisingly, an enraged Chelsea supporter in the background was busy picking a fight with a giant poster of Luiz on the walls of the stadium and was caught punching the Brazilian.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has hailed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for his decision to offload Luiz but he also believes that the Brazilian will be a ‘huge signing’ for the Gunners.
“A lot of purists wouldn’t agree that David Luiz cures Arsenal’s defensive problems. But I would say that if he plays in a back three it would massively help them defensively,” Jenas told the BBC.
“When he plays in a back four he can be a bit of a liability. But Unai Emery likes playing with three at the back so, for £8m, it’s a huge purchase’. “