Transfer news professional Fabrizio Romano has named Douglas Luiz as Arsenal’s precedence midfield switch goal this January, although he additionally says that Ruben Neves may very well be an alternate in that space of the pitch.
Speaking completely to CaughtOffside for his Daily Briefing column, Romano mentioned Arsenal’s curiosity in Luiz, who has impressed an incredible deal at Aston Villa, with Mikel Arteta clearly a fan of the Brazilian.
However, it’s additionally clear that Arteta has a previous curiosity in Al Hilal star Neves, who beforehand impressed throughout his time within the Premier League with Wolves, with Romano explaining that the Gunners boss has mentioned his title with director Edu previously.
With Luiz more likely to be tough to signal from Villa in the course of the season, Romano has advised that Neves may very well be a doable various for Arsenal on account of their long-standing admiration of the Portugal worldwide.
“Ruben Neves continues to be linked with Arsenal, and I think these stories come from the fact that Mikel Arteta has always been a big fan of the player. He has always appreciated him, since he was at Wolves, and his name has come up a few times in recent years whenever Arteta had discussions about targets with Arsenal director Edu,” Romano stated.
“I believe that’s why there are these hyperlinks, however for the time being there are not any negotiations, and actually the dream goal for Arsenal in midfield is Douglas Luiz. It’s an advanced deal, although, as a result of Aston Villa are having a incredible season they usually don’t wish to promote an essential participant like Luiz in January.
“I believe it might take crucial cash to make Villa change their minds about Luiz, so he’s Arsenal’s dream goal – they see him as an ideal midfielder with an enormous future, however until they can are available with a really large bundle of cash, it’s going to be very tough for them to get this deal finished.
“Neves could therefore perhaps be a backup option in case Arsenal can’t sign Luiz, but for sure it’s going to be an interesting January for Arsenal because of the injury to Thomas Partey.”
Arsenal followers will little question be eager to see somebody are available in that space of the pitch as they’ve had just a few accidents in that division this season, with Thomas Partey barely that includes in any respect up to now this time period, whereas Martin Odegaard has additionally had some current points.