David Luiz could leave Arsenal for free this summer with the Telegraph reporting that the club have yet to activate the option that would trigger another season at the club.
Luiz arrived from Chelsea last summer for just under £8m and there has been a lot of confusion over the deal he signed.
Some claimed it was a straight two-year deal. The Telegraph, however, claim it was a one-year deal with an option of a second.
This was also picked up by Sky Sports who report that Luiz is out of contract next month, after only signing an initial one-year deal with Arsenal. However, they understand that he’s keen to stay with the club and remain in London.
Recently, Luiz stated that he wants to end his career at Benfica, opening the door to a possible move when his contract at Arsenal expires.
Now 33, it seems unlikely a new contract will be forthcoming from Arsenal beyond any additional year extension, especially when you consider his wages on top of his age.
It also doesn’t seem like Arsenal are trying to move him on this summer so a free move next summer seems the logical conclusion.
“I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica,” Luiz told reporters.
“In football everything changes – what is true today, tomorrow is a lie – but my feeling is not.
“I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Light in their colours. Benfica is bigger than any player.”