In news that was just made official minutes ago, David Luiz has joined Arsenal for a fee in the region of £8 million.
He has signed a two-year contract with the North London side and will be reunited with his former PSG manager, Unai Emery.
Luiz’s move to North London is slightly surprising, especially as the defender only signed a two-year contract extension in May. This would have seen him remain at Chelsea until the end of the 2020-21 season.
The Brazilian spent three seasons at Stamford Bridge, having returned to the Club for a second spell following a two-season spell at Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day in August 2016. Luiz is quite fond of the last-minute move; he signed for Benfica two days before the transfer market closed in January 2007 and notably signed for Chelsea in the final moments of the January 2011 window under former manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
During his second spell at SW6, Luiz won the Premier League title under former Head Coach, Antonio Conte. Luiz was influential as part of a back three which amassed 30 league wins as Chelsea won their first Premier League since 2014/15. He also won the FA Cup and Europa League title in the following seasons. In his two spells at the Bridge, Luiz won a Premier League title, a Champions League, two FA Cups and two Europa League titles.
It was reported on Wednesday that Luiz trained away from the first-team squad amid reports that Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen would be starting ahead of Luiz against Manchester United on Sunday. Luiz was an unused substitute during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach in their final pre-season friendly.
Luiz’s departure means that Frank Lampard will have four centre-backs at his disposal. Antonio Rüdiger remains injured, having suffered a meniscus injury at the end of last season, but is back training with the squad. Kurt Zouma was linked with a return to Everton, having spent last season on loan at Goodison Park. Andreas Christensen looks set to partner Zouma at the heart of defence in Sunday’s opener away to Manchester United. The 23-year-old Danish international featured predominately in cup competitions under Maurizio Sarri, having only made eight Premier League appearances last season. Luiz’s last-minute departure also means that Fikayo Tomori will spend the season at Chelsea amid interest from Everton.