Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David Luiz

Nicolas Pepe’s agent has backed Arsenal’s deadline day move for ‘natural leader’ David Luiz.

The Chelsea defender refused to train on Wednesday and wants to join London rivals Arsenal before today’s 5pm deadline.

Frank Lampard has made it clear that Luiz will not be first choice this campaign and Arsenal are desperate to sign a centre-back following the departure of Laurent Koscielny.

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Luiz signed a new two-year deal at the club in May but much has changed in pre-season and he’s ready to end his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal have already spent around £120m this summer, the bulk of which was on Lille forward Pepe.

And the Ivorian’s agent, Samir Khiat, has backed the Gunners’ move for Luiz. He is not just a defender, but a natural leader,’ said Khiat.

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‘A beacon in a dressing room. It would be a good fit.’

According to, Arsenal had hoped to sign Red Bull Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano but the Bundesliga club are refusing to listen to offers for the Frenchman.

Instead, Leipzig have informed the Gunners that they will need to pay the 21-year-old’s £92m release clause to lure him away from the club.

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