Arsenal Transfer News: Wolfsburg Reportedly Have Deal for Bayern's Luiz Gustavo
It appeared that Arsenal had reportedly agreed to a transfer for Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Now it looks like he'll be heading to Wolfsburg.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14
It appears there has been a major development in the Gustavo saga. From ESPN UK:
Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo has agreed to join Wolfsburg, according to reports in Germany.
Arsenal had reportedly tabled a £17 million bid for Gustavo, who won the Confederations Cup with Brazil this summer, while Gustavo himself said he "would like to play for them".
However, German newspaper Die Welt claim Gustavo, 26, has opted to remain in the Bundesliga and move to Wolfsburg. Die Welt state that Gustavo is keen to leave Bayern to enhance his chances of featuring in next summer's World Cup in his homeland.
The Metro reports:
Arsenal are believed to have agreed a £14m deal to sign Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo.
The Gunners have been tracking the midfielder all summer and are said to have beaten off competition from Chelsea and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for Gustavo’s signature.
If Arsenal can agree personal terms with the 26-year-old he will become Arsene Wenger’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of French youngster Yaya Sanogo.
The German paper Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reported Wolfsburg had offered a deal to Gustavo on Wednesday (h/t ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld), forcing Arsenal's hand in fear of losing out.
Gustavo is one of the more underrated defensive midfielders in the world. Unfortunately for him, he just so happens to play in one of the deepest group of midfielders in the world.
Last year, a combination of injuries and Javi Martinez slowly pushed Gustavo out of a starting job, and now the summer additions of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara have pushed the 26-year-old Brazilian further down the pecking order.
Defensive midfielder has been a concern for Arsenal for the past few seasons. Mikel Arteta is the only player the Gunners have with whom you'd trust to anchor the midfield. At 31 years old, the club is not going to be able to rely on him to continue playing 40-50 matches a season.
Gustavo is a ball-winner who's very skilled when the ball is at his feet. In 22 Bundesliga appearances, he completed 93 percent of his passes, according to Who Scored. Gustavo would be a perfect fit for Arsenal, as he'd be that rock in front of the back four and can also start the counter attack from the back.
Making this purchase would help to instill some faith from the Arsenal supporters back in Arsene Wenger and push the club closer to competing for the Premier League title.
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