Everton were reportedly competing with clubs in the UEFA Champions League to sign David Luiz on a free transfer.
The Lowdown: Luiz joins Flamengo
Flamengo confirmed last week that Luiz has signed for them as a free agent after his deal at Arsenal ran out in the summer.
Should Everton have signed Luiz?
The central defender played in 73 games in total over all competitions across two consecutive seasons for the Gunners, scoring four goals and making one assist (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Everton interest
As per Globo Esporte, the Goodison Park faithful were among a whole host of teams interested in signing Luiz for free in the summer window.
West Ham United, Lazio, Marseille, Al-Rayyan, Benfica, Lille and Real Madrid were also all reportedly interested in his signature, with the latter three currently involved in the group stages of the Champions League.
Seemingly then, Rafael Benitez is wanting to add one more centre-back to his ranks, perhaps something to watch out for in the January transfer window.
The Verdict: Relief
Even though Luiz has had a luxurious career, including winning both the Premier League and Champions League with Chelsea, and would have been available for free, he is 34 years of age now, and so the Brazilian is certainly past his best.
The Merseyside club are also pretty well-equipped in the centre-back department at the moment, and so a move to bring Luiz in would not really have made much sense.
If Benitez is desperate to add a new face there, a young player who could perhaps partner Ben Godfrey for years to come would be a better investment.
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