The Italians have proved Arsenal’s nemesis once this transfer window already, by winning the battle for striker Gonzalo Higuain’s signature.
And now it appears they could pip the Gunners to another deal, with reports suggesting Rafael Benitez is poised to make a late bid to bring the Bayern Munich midfielder to Serie A.
The Brazilian international is expected to make an announcement on his future today, with Arsenal still considered the favourites to sign him.
Gustavo has already admitted he would be interested in a move to North London and the chance to play regular first team football ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.
The 26-year-old has found himself playing second fiddle to Spaniard Javi Martinez in the European Champions midfield, and new manager Pep Guardiola is likely to listen to offers of around £15million.
“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,’ Gustavo said upon arrival in Basel for Brazil’s friendly with Switzerland on Wednesday.
“I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move.
“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.”
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