David Luiz’s short spell at Emirates stadium could be set to come to an end with the Brazilian reportedly out of contract next month.
It was thought the centre-back had joined the Gunners on a two-year deal from Chelsea last summer, but Sky Sports claim that agreement was only reached on an initial 12-month stay.
According to journalist James Benge, Arsenal have a one year option to extend his deal which they are yet to activate. But huge wages of £125,000 could be an issue in potential negotiations.
The Brazilian star made the shock switch from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates on transfer deadline day for a fee of £8million after Laurent Koscielny left for Bordeaux.
Manager Mikel Arteta is thought to be desperate to hold on to the 33-year-old who is also keen to remain in London.
But the north London club will be working on a restricted financial budget due to the coronavirus pandemic which could jeopardise agreeing a deal for the high earner.
David Luiz has been a central figure for Arsenal this season with 32 appearances in all competitions.
Clubs have until the June 23 to negotiate short-term extensions with players who are out of contract on June 30 after the Premier League issued special guidelines
.Top-flight teams have been stepping up preparations for Project Restart next month and Luiz has been back at the club’s training ground and looked to be in high spirits with the rest of his team-mates.
But he has previously hinted he would leave Arsenal in the future and admitted he would like to finish his career at Benfica.
He told the Portuguese club’s official website: ‘I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica.
‘In football everything changes, what is true today,tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not!
‘I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Luz in their colours.
‘For all that I lived and felt, for what Benfica is in my life and in my history, for everything, Benfica is bigger than any player.’