Arsenal are looking to fill a number of key positions in the coming transfer windows and according to ESPN they have their eyes set on Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners plan to sign a new striker and central midfielder in January or summer. And according to ESPN, that could lead them to Villa Park for both. Mikel Arteta is apparently a huge fan of Luiz, who has impressed since arriving from Man City for £ 15million.
Coincidentally, the same report also names Ollie Watkins as a potential signing for Arsenal. The English striker would match the profile sought by Arteta. However, it is the interest in Luiz that is most surprising.
Luiz – who would only earn around £ 32,000 a week – has been impressive again this season for the Villans. A regular of Dean Smith and now Steven Gerrard, the 23-year-old South American, has become one of the best starting midfielders in the league. Indeed, his form has earned him caps in Brazil, Luiz already picking up five.
ESPN claim Arsenal are looking for a starting midfielder. This, despite the signing of Albert-Sambi Lokonga in the summer window and the commitment of Granit Xhaka to new conditions.
TBR’s View: Douglas Luiz matches Arsenal’s bill
There is no doubt that Luiz has quality. His form for Villa has been excellent and at 23 he is the right age to match the player profile Arsenal have been looking for lately.
Like Watkins, Villa won’t want to sell. They don’t really need to sell either. However, if Arsenal can land one of the top four sports it could change the landscape a bit. Champions League football is a big draw, and Luiz might just want to change if the Gunners get there.
Either way, Arsenal fans can be excited. The linked players lately are well suited, and it looks like there’s a definite course of action with Edu and Arteta running the ship.
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