David Luiz close to Arsenal deal

David Luiz has been a familiar figure at the heart of Chelsea's defence, but the Brazilian is set for a move to north London rival Arsenal.

David Luiz is is expected to sign a two-year deal with Arsenal.   -  Getty Images

Chelsea defender David Luiz is set to join London rival Arsenal.

The 32-year-old Brazilian centre-back will leave Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium, boosting head coach Unai Emery’s backline options.

Omnisport understands a deal worth around GBP 8 million has been agreed between the clubs for a player who has enjoyed two spells at Chelsea either side of a two-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

David Luiz first joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, before departing for Paris three years later. He returned to west London in 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first year back at the club. He was a regular for the Blues last season but the appointment of former team-mate Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s new manager has signalled change.

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The transfer window in England closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday, meaning the clubs must now move quickly to get the transaction finalised, with David Luiz expected to sign a two-year deal.

Chelsea is prevented from signing a replacement as it is currently serving a transfer ban that allows players to leave but prevents any incoming deals.

Arsenal lost club captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux this week.