Former Arsenal defender David Luiz ‘signs two-year deal with Flamengo’ to seal return to his home country of Brazil after FINALLY ending the search for a new club
- David Luiz has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Brazilian Flamengo.
- The defender is still looking for a new club after his release from Arsenal in July
- The 34-year-old is said to have signed a £52,500-a-week contract until the end of 2022
- Luiz’ move would make him return to a Brazilian club for the first time since 2007
Former Arsenal defender David Luiz has signed a two-season contract worth £52,500 a week with Brazil’s Flamengo, according to reports.
The 34-year-old left the Emirates in July after the club decided not to renew his contract because they wanted to take his £100,000 a week salary from their wage bill.
Luiz has been a free agent all summer and has reportedly rejected moves to Marseille and Italy’s top team Salernitana, with the centre-back favoring a return to his native Brazil.
David Luiz has signed a two-year deal with top Brazilian club Flamengo, reports say
The 34-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Premier League club Arsenal in July
And according to Target, the Brazilian international newspaper on Friday night signed a Flamengo contract until December 2022, after meeting its agent Julio Taran and the Brazilian club’s hierarchy.
Luiz would be the third former Premier League player to make the switch to Flamengo this summer.
The defender has not played in his home country since he left Vitoria for Benfica in 2007 on a first loan deal, before making the final move that year.
French news channel Le 10 Sport claimed Luiz said no to two offers from Marseille and Salernitana as he plans to return home.
A Flamengo move (above) would see Luiz return to the Brazilian club’s level for the first time since 2007
Marseille tried all summer to lure the player to the Stade Velodrome, with coach Jorge Sampaoli and president Pablo Longoria closely involved in the talks, the report claims.
After initially failing, the report adds that the French squad went back to the table to convince him further and while Luiz listened to the proposal, he still couldn’t be influenced.
The newly promoted Serie A outfit Salernitana would also have tried their luck – in the hopes that their high profile arrival could convince Franck Ribery Luiz to make the switch – but he also turned down their advances.
Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli is said to have chased him all summer, but was rejected
Flamengo had emerged as the top contenders for the free agent, and in August it was reported that the Brazilian side were ‘optimistic’ that they could strike a deal.
The 34-year-old is said to have previously met Flamengo’s vice president Marcos Braz and football director Bruno Spindel, with the Brazilian club pair said to be on a mission to bring in high-profile players.
Globo claimed that Flamengo had already agreed financial terms with the player, but that Luiz is taking the time to decide his next move because he wants to find a project that “touches his heart”.
The Brazilian – who is on his way home – has an impressive record of trophies in Europe
At club level, Luiz has a resume to envy with a host of trophy wins – including the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League title and FA Cup – plus an ample amount of silverware in France.
He made his name at Chelsea – taking over from Benfica in 2010 – and then played 143 games before joining PSG for two seasons.
Luiz then returned to Stamford Bridge for a further three years before moving to rivals Arsenal for £8 million. He played 73 times for the Gunners and won the FA Cup in 2019-20.