Arsenal are lining up Chelsea’s David Luiz as they seek to bolster their defensive options, according to the Daily Star.
Luiz has been out of favour at Chelsea since November after an alleged bust-up with manager Antonio Conte. He has played just once since – against Qarabag in the Champions League.
According to the Daily Star, this has given Arsene Wenger hope that he could sign the Brazilian in January in order to strengthen his defence.
They claim that Chelsea would be willing to listen to offers of around £30m for the 30-year-old who has two years left on his current deal. Chelsea, meanwhile, insist the player is injured (knee) rather than on the naughty step.
Nestled at the bottom of the Star’s ‘exclusive’ is the suggestion Arsenal could also go after 31-year-old Manchester City defender, Vincent Kompany.
With Per Mertesacker retiring, Laurent Koscielny getting older and Wenger reluctant to use Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, Arsenal should certainly be looking at centre backs.
However, neither Luiz or Kompany are certain starters for their teams anymore.
Luiz has been replaced by Danish defender Andreas Christiensen, while Kompany has been injured so often City have stopped relying on him.
While Arsenal will need a centre back, an injury prone Kompany and a highly eccentric David Luiz, who can be brilliant one moment and horrible the next, are not the most inspiring of options.