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With Thiago Alcantara's arrival at Bayern Munich to accompany Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez in the central of midfield, the press had turned to the club with a fine comb and microscope to see just how this new arrival will effect the rest of the squad.
One player that seemed destined to leave the Bavarian club is recent Confederations Cup winner Luiz Gustavo; Bayern Munich's Brazilian holding midfielder.
Bild (German) were the first to jump on this rumour, on July 17, stating that Pep Guardiola deemed the midfielder surplus to demand now that he had decided on the 4-1-4-1 formation for his Bayern side, leaving the Brazilian as third- or even fourth-choice midfielder. Yet no potential suitor was mentioned.
The first club to be linked with the Bayern midfielder were Premier League side Chelsea, when Talksport announced on July 16 that the London club were expected to make a bid for the player once John Obi Mikel was sold on.
The Metro then followed suit on July 19 with a story linking Gustavo to London again, but this time to Arsenal, where the midfielder would slot in to Arsene Wenger's side as the perfect utility man.
Then, on the very same day, Wolfsburg's general manager Klaus Allofs publicly announced his interest in the player in an interview with Bild, which was later picked up by Sky Sports stating that the Wolves could be interested in the player if he was indeed transfer listed.
"If you are looking to improve your team, and if the player is available for transfer, you have to discuss the name of Luiz Gustavo. There is no doubt about that," Allofs told Bild. "We are interested in him and we have told his agent about that."
Gustavo's own representative, Roger Wittmann, then spoke to Sport 1, which was reported by Sueddeutsche.de (German), stating, "There's nothing to it I can not take this seriously. He is now back in training since Thursday and Guardiola knows the boy just one day has never seen him. He would not just send off Luiz."
Possibly just a natural reaction from Gustavo and his agent to ensure they aren't publicly supporting a move, but we can be sure that such conversations have taken place at length between the two in private.
Yet on July 27, Bild broke the story that Wolfsburg had then made an official approach for the player, which Sky Sports then picked up.
"We've made contact and expressed our interest," Allofs, again, said to the German paper, "We want to do things correctly. There are still some obstacles to overcome, however."
The English press weren't too far behind this when on Friday, August 2, the Daily Express linked the Brazilian to Arsenal and Chelsea after the young midfielder spoke to German paper SID stating; "I am very happy at Bayern. I have two years left on my contract, but you don't know what will happen until August 31."
Yet then again, on August 7, The Express published an article stating that Chelsea and Arsenal were on the verge of losing all hope of signing the midfielder, stating that Wolfsburg had jumped to the front of the que.
As quoted in the Express article, Luiz Gustavo's agent, Roger Wittmann has also said that the player will hold talks with Wolfsburg, adding, "If Bayern allows it, we will talk with every big and serious club out there, including Wolfsburg."
The news then picked up the pace on Sunday, August 11, when the Guardian and the Telegraph published similar articles stating that Arsenal were closing in on the player. The next day, on August 12, the Independent announced their own version of the story.
On the same day, Sky Sports then broke that Arsenal had tabled a bid of £17.2 million for the Brazilian, stating that talks were at an advanced stage despite the player being away on international duty at the time being. The story also reported that Gustavo was not wiling to make the move to Wolfsburg as he preferred the prospect of Champions League football.
Alas it would be that this transfer saga would be yet another one that slipped through Arsene Wenger's fingers when Bayern Munich confirmed on August 16, with an official announcement on their site, that the Brazilian midfielder would be joining Wolfsburg this season.
“On behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to express warm thanks to Luiz Gustavo for his two and a half years in Munich,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge upon announcing the undisclosed deal, “his calm but always friendly and extremely professional manner has won him many friends at our club. We could always rely on Luiz Gustavo, and he made his contribution to FC Bayern winning the treble last season.“