first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 31 May 2020 8:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Edu and Raul Sanllehi drove Arsenal’s move to sign David Luiz from Chelsea last summer (Picture: Getty)Cash-strapped Arsenal spent a total of £19million all told to sign David Luiz from Chelsea last summer. The 33-year-old penned a one-year deal after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard and moved to the Blues’ London rivals on transfer deadline day. Arsenal are currently weighing up whether or not to offer their most senior player a 12-month extension and although Mikel Arteta is keen to retain Luiz’s services, the Brazil international’s future remains in the balance. The Arsenal hierarchy are still to make significant breakthroughs in negotiations over new deals for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and this season’s breakthrough star Bukayo Saka.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt will represent a source of frustration for Arsenal fans, therefore, to learn that, according to The Athletic, the total cost of Luiz’s move from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates Stadium could ultimately represent £19million. Comment Advertisement The total cost of David Luiz’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal revealed David Luiz’s form has improved drastically under the management of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)The total sum breaks down as £8m on the initial transfer fee, £1m to intermediaries and £10m on Luiz’s annual salary. Arsenal dispensed with their former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat 18 months ago, the man who played a key role in bringing the likes of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Aubameyang to the club, in favour of handing head of football Raul Sanllehi more of a say in the club’s transfer policy.The former Barcelona chief was joined in the summer by new technical director Edu and the pair, who share a close relationship with Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian, drove the deal to sign a replacement for Laurent Koscielny.Arsenal were placed in a difficult position when their former captain left in acrimonious circumstances but, despite his recent improvement under Arteta, Luiz has been far from an unqualified success.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLuiz has spoken effusively and extensively about Arteta in glowing terms since his appointment, but has made no secret of his desire to return to Benfica, the club at which he launched his European career.He told Record earlier this week: ‘I have already spoken with (Luiz Filipe) Vieira. It will happen if the President permits it and fans want me back. ‘To be able to wear that jersey again and enter the stadium is worth more than many trophies. Benfica doesn’t deserve me to come back without helping.’MORE: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud admits beating Arsenal in Europa League final was extra specialMORE: Dennis Bergkamp let’s Mikel Arteta know where he has been going wrong at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img