Chelsea manager Frank Lampard stopped David Luiz from training with the first-team due to reports that the Brazilian had become a disruptive influence.
Luiz was one of the few senior Chelsea players who wanted Maurizio Sarri to be granted another season at Stamford Bridge after the Italian won a Champions League place and the Europa League trophy.
Despite Sarri’s dismissal, Luiz had spoken positively about the impact Lampard had made since his return to the club in a managerial capacity, but relations between the pair have deteriorated rapidly, according to Daily Telegraph.
Luiz trained away from the rest of Chelsea’s first-team stars ahead of the Premier League opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Lampard expected to select Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen at the heart of his defence.
Lampard is reportedly happy to sanction the departure of his former teammate, even though he is unable to sign a replacement given Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban.
Luiz, for his part, wants to join Arsenal and his former manager Unai Emery.
His agent arrived in London last night to try and broker a deal.
Emery has been desperate to reinforce his defence this summer and the need for a new centre-half was exacerbated by Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux on Tuesday.