Arsenal finally close in on first big signing

Luiz Gustavo Bayern Munich midfielder

Arsenal are close to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, according to the Telegraph.

The Bundeslia and Champions League winner will cost the Premier League side around £14million, as Wenger looks to finally strengthen his squad.

20-year-old Yaya Sanogo is the club’s only addition this summer,  despite Wenger being reportedly given a £70million transfer kitty. Although the Gunners have targeted star players such as Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez this summer, Wenger is still yet to spend a penny on a transfer fee.

But the French manager is close to changing that with his pursuit of the Brazilian midfielder. Gustavo has slipped further down the Bayern pecking order after the Bavarian side signed Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, and the 26-year-old looks set to try his hand in the Premier League.

Gustavo, who can also play centre-back, is expected to instantly rival Mikel Arteta for a starting place, with the Spaniard having to play in the holding midfield role due to injuries to Abou Diaby. The Brazilian would effectively be a replacement for Alex Song, who left for Barcelona last summer.

Wenger is hopeful that they can push through a deal for Gustavo before Saturday, when the Gunners face Aston Villa on the opening day of the new season.

Will Gustavo do well at the Emirates? What else do Arsenal need?

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