Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big-name signing of the summer in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The holding player was often involved in the Bayern side that won the treble last season, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara means he has fallen down the pecking order and would be less likely to feature under Pep Guardiola in the forthcoming campaign.
Arsene Wenger is keen to secure a defensively-minded midfielder as a long overdue replacement for Alex Song, who moved to Barcelona last summer. And it looks like he’s found his man in the Brazil international.
Bayern are prepared to let the player leave as he pushes for a place at a home World Cup next summer and will do business for around £14m.
Gooners will be pleased to see Wenger spending some cash if the deal does go ahead, although it will be a slight concern that Spurs already have two Brazilian midfielders – Sandro and Paulinho – who are above Gustavo in the international pecking order.
And Spurs have also completed the signing of Etienne Capoue, the former Toulouse midfielder who was a target for the Gunners in January.