Former Arsenal defender David Luiz is reportedly demanding a €3 million-a-year contract to join Real Madrid as a free agent this summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet El Gol Digital, Real Madrid are looking at David Luiz as a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos. And the former Arsenal defender is demanding a €3 million-a-year deal to join the Spanish giants before the summer transfer window slams shut.
David Luiz has represented some of the most elite European clubs over the course of his illustrious career. Having experienced bundles of success at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian defender made his way to Arsenal two years ago, becoming a regular feature for the north London giants.
However, his time at the Emirates was not as successful when you compare it to Chelsea and PSG. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old did prove to be a decent enough addition to the Arsenal squad, making 73 appearances while chipping in with four goals and an assist for the Gunners. This summer, though, Luiz has become a free agent after the expiration of his Arsenal deal, with Real Madrid among his suitors.
The interest from Real Madrid has come as a bit of a surprise, seeing as the Brazilian defender is well into his thirties and approaching the twilight of his career. What the former Arsenal man does bring to the table is leadership, which the Merengues could be lacking following the departure of Sergio Ramos.
The report does suggest that Real Madrid view Luiz as a replacement for Ramos, although he is only likely to be a short-term solution in defence, if at all. Having said that, Luiz could be the backup option that Real Madrid need, seeing as Eder Militao is expected to become a first-choice centre-back for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid have indeed been linked with potential first-choice options like Pau Torres, and so, Luiz is a viable target for the Spanish giants. The Brazilian defender, though, is demanding a €3 million-a-year contract to join Los Blancos.
What now remains to be seen is if Real Madrid agree to offer the former Arsenal defender the €3 million-a-year deal to secure his services. The 34-year-old is also linked with a number of other clubs in Europe and it will be interesting to see if Luiz ends up joining Real Madrid over the rest of the suitors.