Wolfsburg join Gustavo race

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Wolfsburg have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the battle to sign Brazilian midfielder Luis Gustavo.

Klaus Allofs, director of sport for the Bundesliga outfit, confirmed that the club have 'made contact and expressed interest' in the versatile Bayern Munich star.

Gustavo, who plays in a holding role, is yet to feature for the domestic and European champions since Pep Guardiola took the reigns at the Allianz Arena, and Allofs is hoping to capitalise on the situation.

"We've made contact and expressed our interest," he told Bild newspaper.

"We want to do things correctly. There are still some obstacles to overcome, however."

Both the Gunners and Blues have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, who will have to battle new signings Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara for first team chances if he remains in Bavaria.

The Daily Express reported last week that Gustavo could be available for as little as £15million, and Arsene Wenger is believed to be in the market for a midfielder at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Former club captain Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a return to Arsenal, and in truth the north London outfit have failed to land the services of such a player since Patrick Vieira left the club.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have been linked with a number of similar players this summer, with Sami Khedira and Geoffrey Kondogbia both on Jose Mourinho's radar.

The Blues aren't short of options already in the position though, with John Obi Mikel, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Ramires all capable of playing in the holding role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Gustavo would provide 'the special one' with even more strength in depth, but Chelsea now face a three-way battle for the player's signature.

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