Arsenal face some serious competition to land Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, as Barcelona are now reportedly ready to enter the race to sign him.
Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in the Brazil international and had reportedly sanctioned a £17.2millon bid for the Brazil international to edge closer to completing a deal.
However, the Arsenal manager may be set to lose out on yet another summer transfer target as, according to German newspaper Bild, Barcelona are ready to make a move for Gustavo.
The Camp Nou club reportedly tried to sign the Brazil international in 2012 when Seydou Keita left for the Chinese Super League.
Arsenal reportedly also have competition from Napoli and the Gunners will be determined not to miss out on another signing to Rafael Benitez’s sided after they were gazumped in the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.
Gustavo has fallen down the pecking order at Bayern since Pep Guardiola took over and confirmed this week he would consider his future, while also admitting to being open to an Emirates Stadium switch.
Gustavo’s agent told reporters on Tuesday evening that his client would make a statement regarding his future on Thursday after Brazil’s friendly with Switzerland.
Arsenal fans are desperate for Wenger to make a marquee signing, even more so now after reports suggesting Luis Suarez is set to stay at Liverpool next season.