David Luiz trains separately from Chelsea team-mates amid Arsenal links

The Gunners are expected to push for a deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

By Press Association Published: 7 August 2019 - 5.28pm

David Luiz trained separately from Chelsea’s first team on Wednesday, with Arsenal understood to be pushing to sign the Brazil defender.

The 32-year-old was at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, but it is understood he did not take part in the main training session with Frank Lampard’s men.

Luiz signed a new two-year contract in May, with Chelsea straying from their standard practice of handing one-year extensions to players aged 30 or older.

St Patrick’s v Chelsea – Pre-Season Friendly – Richmond Park Stadium
David Luiz, pictured, is thought to be a target for Arsenal (Donall Farmer/PA)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to push to lure Luiz away from Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday.

New Chelsea boss Lampard preferred Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen for his centre-back pairing in the final pre-season friendly at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend.

Lampard has brought Zouma back into the first-team fold after the 24-year-old France defender spent last term on loan at Everton.

Kurt Zouma File Photo
Kurt Zouma, pictured, is in the frame to feature regularly at Chelsea this season (Adam Davy/PA)

Luiz enjoyed a central role under Maurizio Sarri last season, as Chelsea secured a third-place Premier League finish and lifted the Europa League title.

But now Zouma and Christensen could be in line to pair up for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United in Chelsea’s opening league fixture.