Chelsea fans will have seen Wednesday’s wild speculation circling that defender David Luiz is now pushing for a move away from Stamford Bridge to London rivals Arsenal.
The Brazilian centre-back only signed a new two-year deal back in May, but there are numerous reports stating he wants to exit with less than 24 hours left in the summer transfer window.
L’Equipe first reported that Arsenal are in advanced talks to try wrap up a deal for the 32-year-old.
The report explained that Luiz is desperate to seal a move to Arsenal and that he refused to train today (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that the player didn’t train with the first-team and worked away from the main group.
It is understood that Chelsea are open to allowing his exit and that manager Frank Lampard is unlikely to consider him for selection.
New Blues head coach Lampard could have his first big decision to make since his arrival, if the reports on Luiz are true.
It would be a blow if the serial Chelsea winner has opted to push for a move to Arsenal so late in the window and the gut instinct is that he’s focused on Stamford Bridge.
But every fresh update on Luiz doesn’t look too promising and Chelsea fans have an anxious wait to find out the truth.
Luiz was surely primed to start the first game of the season against Manchester United on Sunday and he’s definitely one of the most senior members of the dressing room.
Lampard has to ensure his exit to Arsenal is seal if he does indeed want that, as it would be a horrible situation if he’s kept around until January after refusing to train.
Chelsea are meant to be entering a bright positive period with Lampard at the helm and they don’t need any problems in the dressing room.
He’s stressed the importance of wanting playing at the club that want to play for the badge, so needs to make an example of Luiz if he wants to go despite him being a former teammate.
A decision to let Luiz go may not be the easiest considering he’s still an important player, but it would be the best for morale and perhaps give youngster Fikayo Tomori an opportunity instead.
But the jury is still out on Luiz until the club shed some light on his situation.