Luis Suarez is still Arsenal’s major transfer target, despite Liverpool’s assertion that the errant striker will not be sold to a top-four competitor in the English Premier League.
But overnight reports suggest that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will seek to add less literal bite to his squad by signing Brazil international Luis Gustavo from Bayern Munich.
26-year-old defensive midfielder Gustavo was one of the stars of Brazil’s Confederations Cup win earlier this year, when the Selecao surprised Spain with a muscular new style of Samba football, to which Gustavo was pivotal alongside Paulinho.
He could be just what Arsenal need to give their frequently brittle core some grit, and having missed out on targets like Lars Bender and Etienne Capoue, Wenger is apparently willing to spend as much as £14-£16million to make Gustavo the player Arsenal have been lacking since Alex Song left for Barcelona.
Gustavo has previously insisted that his preference is to stay and fight for his place at Bayern.
And considering Gustavo’s burning desire to help Brazil win the World Cup on home soil at the end of the season, he may consider regular game time at Arsenal a better bet than a struggle to recognised at the Allianz Arena.
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