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Arsenal close on Luiz Gustavo

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Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo is reportedly nearing a move to English Premier League side Arsenal in a £14 million deal.

Bayern have brought in additional reinforcements to their already formidable midfield department this summer in Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara, sending Gustavo down the pecking order in the squad.

With the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos, Thiago and Xherdan Shaqiri all vying for a place in Bayern's midfield this season, Gustavo will find it hard to nail down a starting spot in the team.

As such, the Brazilian had hinted at a possible move from the club before the closure of the transfer window.

"I am very happy at Bayern, but anything can happen before August 31," he had told German newspaper Bild.

And according to the Metro, the reigning Bundesliga champions have accepted a £14 million bid from Arsenal for the midfielder.

The deal is likely to be concluded this week once the Gunners agree personal terms with the player, with Arsene Wenger poised to pip Premier League rivals Chelsea and German club Wolfsburg to Gustavo's signature, who were believed to be in the running.

Gustavo will be Arsenal's second signing of the summer after the arrival of French youngster Yaya Sonogo from Auxerre.

Wenger, however, refused to confirm anything.

"There is nothing concrete - at the moment," he told reporters. The long-time Gunners manager also hopes to add more players to the present squad in order to be able to compete on all fronts this season.

"We want to play 55 games this ­season and I think we are a little bit thin squad-wise," Wenger added.

"I also haven’t given up hope on Suarez. If I read what people are saying about him, then maybe I would give up. But we will do it the right way.

"I am an optimist. That’s why I do this job. We have kept the squad together for the first time in many years so I am happy."

 

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