Arsenal appear to have been handed a boost in the race to sign Luiz Gustavo, with Inter Milan having been priced out of the race to sign the Wolfsburg midfielder.
According to reports from The Daily Express, the Bundesliga outfit are expecting to receive £26 million - his full buyout cause - from any perspective buyer this summer, with Inter boss Walter Mazzari now dubbing the player 'unattainable' as a result.
Gustavo is a long-term target for Arsenal, with the path now potentially clearer for the Gunners to go on and complete a deal for his signature if they so wish.
A hardworking defensive presence in the middle of the pitch, Gustavo has become a cornerstone of the Brazilian national team since being re-introduced to the squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Gustavo - who made 29 appearances for Wolfsburg during the 2013/14 season, netting four goals - only arrived at the Volkswagen Arena last summer, choosing to move across Germany from Bayern Munich rather than try his luck elsewhere.
Given the lack of time he has spent at the club, therefore, it is perhaps understandable that Wolfsburg would not be content to see him depart without the club receiving the full financial compensation that such a clause obviously entitles them to.
While normally you might assume that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would immediately shy away from such a seemingly inflated fee, last summer's purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid proved that the notoriously cautious Frenchman is not totally adverse to spending large sums of money on new recruits if he feels that they will clearly improve the team's options.
Gustavo is not known for his attacking prowess or fancy tricks, but he is a ruthlessly efficient and incredibly dependable midfield shield who can also play across the back four if required.
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