Despite Arsenal’s fine start to the season, reports suggest that the Gunners are in the market for a midfielder with Douglas Luiz being the primary target.
Douglas Luiz has been in the books of the North London side for a while now. The uncertainty about his future with Aston Villa and his profile as a Brazilian international makes him an exciting option in midfield. Furthermore, Thomas Partey’s struggles with injuries re-emphasizes the need for Luiz, with the Gunners relying on youngster Sambi Lokongo on such occasions.
The Sun reports that Arsenal will make a reduced bid of £15 million in the January transfer window. The £15million bid is reasonable considering that his contract expires at the end of the season. In addition to this, Aston Villa will be selling him for a profit of around £2.5 million should the deal go through.
It is believed that Aston Villa originally turned down the £23 million offered by the Gunners during the summer as they seek to extend the midfielder’s contract.
The 24-year-old is keen on moving to the Emirates stadium and has resisted talks of an extended contract at Villa Park. In addition to this, reports suggest that the player has a good relationship with manager Mikel Arteta from their time together at Manchester City.