Arsenal eye cut-price swoop for PSG ace as Mikel Arteta plans for life without David Luiz

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Arsenal defender David Luiz is out of contract at the end of the season and the 34-year-old’s future at the club is in doubt. Speaking last month, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said a decision would be made at the end of the future.

“He is extremely positive [influence],” Arteta said.

“The professional he is, how he looks after himself, but also how he looks after his teammates. He’s always willing to help, he’s always really positive around it.

“He’s got huge experience of how to win things, but as well how to manage difficult moments and you need that. And then he gives a lot of composure to the team both with and without the ball.

“He’s a presence, he’s a leader and someone that is playing really well at the moment. What I want is that he keeps playing like that until the end of the season and we’ll make that decision together.”

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According to CBS Sports, no talks have taken place over Luiz’s future yet but his representatives have begun offering him to other clubs, suggesting he could be on his way out.

Meanwhile, reports from France have claimed that Arsenal are interested in Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer.

The Gunners are said to have made a €9m (£7.8m) bid for the 24-year-old, but Kehrer is thought to be happy in Paris.

A report from Le Parisien has claimed that Kehrer is among the players PSG are looking to sell this summer, along with striker Mauro Icardi and Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia.

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PSG’s finances have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and they are keen to trim their wage bill.

The Ligue 1 giants were beaten in the semi-finals of the Champions League by Manchester City earlier this week and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his side “deserved better” over the two legs.

“If we analyse the two games, we dominated a very difficult team to control,” Pochettino told RMC Sport. “You need a small percentage of luck to score in key moments.

“I am disappointed, because we deserved better. But Manchester City have been more clinical than us.

“They scored the goals we needed, we played the game we wanted with the plan we wanted. It’s a bit disappointing obviously, because the objective was to go to the final.

“We have to be positive, it’s difficult after an elimination, you have to have this process in mind, stay calm, analyse the situation …

“We arrived here having beaten Barcelona and Bayern. It’s a shame not to make it to the final, but the team never gave up, they fought to the end.

“We also played 10 against 11 for [30] minutes, which is a big disadvantage. It wasn’t for us. We will go back being strong, the club and the players will be ready to win the remaining matches. We will be ready.”

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