Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday with Douglas Luiz scoring from a corner for the second time this season; Steven Gerrard said his Villa future is a ‘touchy situation’; Arsenal have now made a bid, with Villa seeing a £13m bid for Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker accepted
Arsenal have made a £20m bid for Douglas Luiz, with Aston Villa seeing a £13m bid for potential replacement Leander Dendoncker accepted by Wolves.
Sky Sports News had been told that four clubs – Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool – were interested in signing Luiz ahead of the transfer deadline
As things stand Aston Villa are not prepared to sell Luiz to Arsenal. The situation could change later on Thursday dependent on the Dendoncker deal and the price might rise.
Arteta wants the player and has worked with him at Manchester City. Luiz – who is out of contract next summer – would like to play for a club in the Champions League.
On Wednesday, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid also made a move for him. Juventus are interested as well. He can speak to foreign clubs like Atletico and Juventus from November 18 and leave as a free agent next summer.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night, but despite their perfect start of five wins from five, Arteta admitted he is wary about his strength in depth in the middle of the park following a spate of injuries and said Arsenal could do a deal on Deadline Day if the right player becomes available.
“We are looking at options,” said Arteta. “Obviously [Elneny’s injury] has an impact because Thomas Partey is injured and we are a bit short in that position. We do have Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka who can play there.
“We are just looking at options in the market. As I said, the club has been super supportive to try to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.”
Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard said his recruitment team were also working hard to deliver a Deadline Day boost – although he also discussed the potential exit of Luiz.
“I’m not in control of that,” said Gerrard, when asked whether Luiz – who scored a sensational goal from a corner – would still be at the club at the end of Thursday. “There are more than two people in control of that but I’m certainly not one of them.