Arsenal and Chelsea look set to miss out on summer transfer target Luiz Gustavo after he stated a desire to stay at Bayern Munich and fight for his place.
According to the Express, both the Gunners and Blues have been tracking the Brazil international in recent weeks and were considering a bid before the transfer window closes.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to recruit a defensive midfielder as only Mikel Arteta has shown proficiency in that role, while Abou Diaby is, of course, injured.
Meanwhile, there have been reports suggesting Jose Mourinho was interested in signing the 26-year-old, who joined Bayern Munich from Hoffenheim for £17million in 2011, as a replacement for John Obi Mikel.
However, it now appears as though Arsenal and Chelsea will have to look elsewhere for a midfield shield as Gustavo has pledged his future to the Bavarians.
“I want to stay, I have a contract with the club and I want to respect that,” he is quoted as saying in the report.
"Every year I had to struggle and sweat for a place in the team and that is what I will do in this campaign.”
Gustavo is likely to find first team opportunities hard to come by this season as Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been joined by Thiago Alcantara after he made the switch from Barcelona.