Arsenal director Edu could decide to launch a move for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz over the coming days after missing out on the signing of Lyon playmaker Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports. The Gunners are yet to make any signings this month but are believed to be working hard to make things happen ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
Arsenal are said to be long-term admirers of Guimaraes after registering their interest in his services before he joined Lyon from Athletico Paranaense two years ago.
They were said to be weighing up a move for the Brazilian midfielder earlier this month but the Gunners now appear to have missed the boat.
Newcastle United have reportedly muscled in with a bid of around £33million for Guimaraes, who is widely expected to join the Magpies over the coming days.
He is said to be keen on finalising the proposed switch after Newcastle offered to quadruple his existing salary of £40,000 per week at Lyon.
Arsenal have been aiming to strengthen their ranks in the middle of the park since the end of last season and will now be forced to look elsewhere, with their hopes of landing Guimaraes fading by the second.
However, it seems as though Edu has no shortage of alternative targets to pursue in the remaining days of the January window.
He is also a keen admirer of Luiz and is ‘expected’ to firm up his interest in the Villa enforcer between now and the end of the month, according to Birmingham Live.
The report claims that Arsenal were intrigued by the possibility of snapping up Luiz over the summer, while Roma were also said to have been considering a bid of their own.
The north Londoners are now said to be gearing up to rekindle their interest before the mid-season window slams shut on Monday evening.
Villa are under no immediate pressure to cash in on the 23-year-old, who joined the club from Manchester City for a transfer fee of £15m back in 2019.
He remains under contract until the summer of 2023 and is an important cog in the machine for Villa when deployed in his usual holding midfield role.
However, it remains to be seen whether the west Midlands outfit will be tempted by a late offer from Arsenal over the next few days.
The Gunners spent more than any other Premier League club on new players over the summer but have failed to make any signings this month despite launching a concerted effort to land Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
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The Serbian forward is now expected to join Juventus after the Italian giants succeeded with a bid of around £62m earlier this week.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recently admitted that he was unsure on whether any deals will be signed off ahead of the upcoming deadline but insisted that plenty of work is being carried out behind the scenes.
“In this market things are complicated,” the Arsenal boss told reporters after Sunday’s draw with Burnley.
“We are certainly trying but I don’t know if we are going to be able to do it. Let’s see, it was what we planned but the market is difficult.
“It’s a lot to manage and we have to make the right decisions with players that we believe are going to help us.”
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