Arsenal have recruited David Luiz to convince his Brazilian team-mate Thiago Silva to join the Gunners from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to reports.

Silva has already announced that he will leave the French champions after the conclusion of this season's Champions League, bringing to an end his eight-year stint in Paris.

And Arsenal are keen to swoop ahead of Everton and Tottenham to sign the 35-year-old on a free transfer as they look to bring in a marquee signing to improve their defence ahead of next season.

Le10 Sport in France report that Mikel Arteta has already contacted the player to discuss a potential move, while Luiz has been drafted in as an intermediary to swing the pendulum in the Gunners' favour.