Arsenal set to splash £14m on Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo
Arsene Wenger is yet to pounce in the transfer market although it appears that the war chest will be opening for him to sign a talented Brazilian midfielder.
August 13th, 2013
Luiz Gustavo is currently on the books at Bayern Munich, although the European champions are willing for him to leave Germany and the player is clearly keen on wearing the red of Arsenal next season.
It’s thought that £14m will be enough to secure Gustavo’s services, with the defensive midfielder sure to boost the Arsenal squad ahead of the new season. The player needs first-team football to make sure he remains in contention for the 2014 World Cup.
“My contract with Bayern runs until 2015 but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for Brazil. I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move,” he said on arrival in Basel for Brazil’s friendly against Switzerland. “I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here so of course I’d like to play for them.”
The Guardian reports that Napoli and Wolfsburg are also interested in signing the player, although Gustavo only appears to have eyes for Arsenal.
“Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsène Wenger. Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League [on aggregate] you could see they are not pushovers.”