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The Crazy Money Arsenal Have Been Set Back For Having David Luiz For One Season

The Crazy Money Arsenal Have Been Set Back For Having David Luiz For One Season

Arsenal's signing of David Luiz from Chelsea could end up costing them a whopping £24 million overall.

The Gunners drafted the Brazilian in on transfer deadline day after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, with Luiz penning a one-year deal.

His future going forward is very much up in the air at the moment, but The Athletic say the total cost of deal could be seriously hefty irrespective of whether Luiz signs an extension or not.

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The initial transfer fee was £8 million, intermediaries involved in the deal collected a cool £6 million and the final £10 million comes from Luiz's salary.

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It's said Arsenal are looking at offering him a new deal but on significantly reduced terms, though Luiz himself is keen on a romantic return to Benfica, where he spent four years before embarking on his first stint at Chelsea.

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The 33-year old has confirmed he has held talks with the Lisbon club's club president Luís Filipe Vieira ahead of his Arsenal contract expiring.

"I already spoke with Vieira about the return,' Luiz told Portuguese newspaper Record.

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"My dream is to end my career at Benfica. When, I don't know, but it will happen... it will, if President Vieira allows me and if the fans want me to come back. It will be one of the most beautiful moments of my career."

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, david luiz, Arsenal, Brazil

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