Arsenal edge ever closer to new signing

Bayern Munich player Luiz Gustavo

Arsenal hope to have a deal completed to bring Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo to the Emirates by the end of the week, according to the Guardian. 

The Brazilian has welcomed the possibility of a switch to North London, and now the Gunners hope to complete a deal worth £14million with the European Champions.

Having played second fiddle to Javi Martinez last season in the defensive midfield role, Gustavo believes his opportunities at the Allianz Arena next season will prove even more scarce under Pep Guardiola.

“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.”

Gustavo has also been attracting attention from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, as well as from new Napoli boss Rafael Benitez. But one of the stars of Brazil’s Confederations Cup triumph this summer, appears to only have eyes for a move to North London.

“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,” he added.

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