Luiz Gustavo linked with AS Monaco

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Arsenal face competition from AS Monaco in the race to sign Brazilian international Luiz Gustavo, according to reports.

TalkSPORT cites reports in France when claiming that the Ligue 1 outfit are plotting a move for the 27-year-old, 12 months after he arrived at Wolfsburg.

Previous snub

The combative midfielder slipped through Arsene Wenger’s fingers last summer, opting for the Bundeliga outfit ahead of the Gunners.

However, Arsenal have not given up hope of signing the player, and sent scouts to watch him play against Bayern Munich - his former club - last week.

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Gustavo would not come cheap for any club though, with a £27.5million minimum fee release clause in his contract. He’s previously stated he’s happy with Wolfsburg and wants to carry on playing for the club.

Those comments came earlier this month, when other Premier League clubs - including Chelsea and Manchester United - were linked with a move.

La Liga interest

There chances of signing the player have also been dented, although it’s Arsenal who appear to be affected most in pursuit of the player, who has a contract with his club until 2018.

The radio station also notes that Real Madrid are interested in the player, and Carlo Ancelotti would certainly have money to spend in the final days of the market if Angel di Maria were to complete his move to Manchester United as expected.

They could join the battle with Arsenal and AS Monaco, but time is starting to tick down in the transfer window ahead of the deadline on September 1st.

Wenger's summer business

Wenger has already strengthened the Gunners this summer, bringing Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy to the club - as well as goalkeeper David Ospina after his World Cup heroics.

The arrival of Gustavo would be a significant move for the Emirates Stadium outfit if they were to pull it off, but the club's supporters are likely to be hoping for a striker as a priority above any other.

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