The reason Arsene Wenger will not launch January move for Chelsea star
Arsene Wenger has reportedly ended Arsenal’s interest in David Luiz (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has ended Arsenal‘s interest in David Luiz due to the Chelsea defender’s wage demands, reports say.

Luiz has been strongly linked with a January move after being involved in a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte after the 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League.

La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be keeping tabs on the Brazil international as his future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear, but Arsenal have also been mooted as potential suitors.

Danish youngster Andreas Christensen, Luiz’s replacement in the Chelsea first-team, has impressed in recent weeks, meaning Conte could be willing to sanction his departure during the January transfer window.

But, according to the Daily Express, the Emirates will not be his next destination as Wenger has been put off by Luiz’s wage demands – he is said to earn £120,000-a-week at Chelsea.

The reason Arsene Wenger will not launch January move for Chelsea star
Brazil star Luiz could leave Chelsea during the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are currently third in the top-flight, 16 points adrift of Manchester City, and welcome Leicester to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

‘We know Chelsea are the champions,’ Foxes boss Claude Puel said. ‘But we can cause them problems.

‘We have great players also and quality in the squad and a great attitude all the time in training sessions on the pitch.

‘I think in our games against the great teams, we have always had good situations and good possibilities – like against Manchester United and Tottenham.

‘The ambition is not just for us to score but to continue to play after scoring and to always keep good ambition in our play.’

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