Arsenal head coach Unai Emery told Sky Sports News he wants to sign a centre-back before Thursday’s deadline and it is understood Luiz is on his shortlist, although there has been no formal bid for him at this stage.
“If we can on the last day, we will try to sign another centre-back, but one who has the capacity to help us,” said Emery.
“We have a lot of defensive players. Maybe, it is different when Laurent Koscielny tells us he wanted to leave.
We tried to sign some important, expensive players for our defence. But when we can’t do that, the second line players don’t really convince us to sign them.”
Chelsea are reluctant to let Luiz – who signed a two-year contract extension in May – go to Arsenal, due to their ban on registering new players until next summer.
David Luiz: Did you know?
- Last season: 36 PL apps/3 goals last season (36 starts) – his most apps, goals and starts in a PL season
- Only European career red card for foul on Sead Kolasinac in 0-0 PL draw v Arsenal (H), Sept 2017
- Won 2019 EL with Chelsea – started 4-1 final win v Arsenal (Baku)
- The only player in Chelsea history to have played in 3 European trophy final wins (Gary Cahill also has 3 medals, but only played in 2 finals)
- Most clearances (144) for Chelsea in PL last season
- 57 caps/3 goals for Brazil – last cap v Australia, June 2017
- Won 4 major trophies with Chelsea – 2 EL, 2012 CL and 16-17 PL
- Former Chelsea team-mate of Frank Lampard – started 2012 CL final win together
Source Sky Sports