Arsenal Closing In On POWERFUL Defence Controller As Per Mertesacker’s Replacement

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Arsenal are reportedly at the front of the race to land David Luiz from Chelsea after developing as surprise suitors for the unwanted defender.

The North Londoners are one of some sides believed to have now made contact with the West Londoners, who are set to sell the Brazilian if the right offer is submitted.

Luiz has struggled to break into the Chelsea team since being dropped by head coach Antonio Conte in October, probably due to a conflict in the wake of the 3-0 Champions League loss to Roma.

The Italian manager has since ruled the 30-year-old out of play due to a knee damage. However, he is expected to make his return to full fitness within the next week.

The Express suggests that Arsenal want Luiz to reinforce their backline, though Chelsea are awaiting an offer from fellow interested side Juventus as they would favour selling to a foreign team.

La Liga giants duo Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked, as they are both believed to be in the market for a new centre-half.


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