Arsenal considering swoop for PL midfielder

July 24, 2020 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC, Premier League, Transfers

Arsenal are very keen on signing Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz this summer as the Brazilian continues to impress for Dean Smith’s side – and Darren Bent has recently claimed Pep Guardiola will be wishing he still had the midfielder in his rank.

The 22-year-old has been in stunning form since the restart of the Premier League season for Aston Villa as the Midlands side look to pull off an excellent escape from the relegation-threatened drop zone. In doing so, their 1-0 win over Arsenal has seemingly left a lasting impression for the Villans.

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According to 90MIN, the tabloid claim that Arsenal are considering a move for one-time Brazil forward – who has also been linked with a return to Manchester City. The signing of Luiz cost Aston Villa £15million, according to BBC.

Now, reports are linking the Gunners with a move for the Brazilian midfielder and Arsenal supporter Bent – who played for Tottenham during his career – claimed earlier this season that Guardiola would be wishing that the Brazilian was still at Manchester City.

Bent told Quest via Football365:

“We’ve heard Pep (Guardiola) talk about him, wishing he was still there (at Manchester City) because he is a special player. I’ve seen him many times this season absolutely control games”

“Tonight was exactly the same, getting on the ball, making things happen. He’s not just a defensive midfield player who stops attacks, and gets on the ball, he can score great goals as well. He was really impressive.”

Arsenal are desperately in need of a holding midfielder this summer. In light of that, the north London club has been linked with a potential move to sign Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. But the Ghanaian midfielder, according to, has proved to be too expensive. Signing Luiz, however, will represent a good option, but is some way off the standard of what Partey could bring to the team.

If Mikel Arteta cannot afford to pay the kind of fee expected for Partey, then perhaps Luiz would prove to be a cheaper option. But if Villa stays up, then surely he would still cost double what Villa paid for him?


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