Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Luiz Gustavo Move Would Make Sense for All Parties

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2013

MINSK, BELARUS - OCTOBER 02:  Luiz Gustavo of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC BATE Borisov at the Dinamo Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Maksim Malinouski/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Every so often, a rumour comes around that simply makes too much sense for it not to happen.

This seems to be the case with the latest coming from Matt Law of Mirror Football:

Arsene Wenger has added Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo to his summer hit list. Arsenal boss Wenger was first alerted to the Brazilian in January and is now plotting a bid.

German sources claim that Bayern are willing to listen to offers for Gustavo after completing the signing of Thiago Alcantara. Bayern are likely to demand around £15m for 25-year-old Gustavo, whose contract runs to 2015.

If Arsenal are able to acquire Luiz Gustavo this summer, it would be a win for everyone involved.

The Premier League club has gone after a number of targets this offseason, although the pursuit of Marouane Fellaini shows the squad is looking to add a defensive-minded midfielder.

While Fellaini and Gustavo are around the same age, the latter has a lot more experience playing on winning clubs. He was a key player on Bayern Munich last year as the club was dominant in all competitions, winning the first treble in German history.

He was also a part of Brazil's Confederation Cup title run this summer as the host squad upset Spain in the final.

On both teams, Gustavo was often overlooked by star players who produced more on the offensive end, but his strong tackling ability and great accuracy on both long and short passes were a big help every time he was on the pitch.

Arsenal would be able to bring a player with immense talent and a winning attitude to a club looking to contend in the EPL and in Champions League.

Obviously, it is rare that a player with this ability is available for only £15 million. However, Bayern's acquisition of Thiago Alcantara has created a bit of a logjam in the midfield. Selling a player who would struggle to crack the first team would help offset the cost of the latest transfer and help get more playing time for those remaining. 

From Gustavo's perspective, this is a great chance to get more starts on another Champions League club. Heading into a World Cup year, it is important for players like this to prove themselves on a big stage, and Arsenal would be a good place to do it.

This exposure also makes the English squad a more appealing destination than Wolfsburg, who are also interested in completing a transfer, according to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC.

Bayern Munich will clear up space on the roster and bring in additional funds, Arsenal will get a talented player for relatively cheap and Gustavo will get a new opportunity to show his ability for a quality club.

Everyone wins in this scenario, which means this transfer should be completed as soon as possible.


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