Arsenal Risk Missing Out Again As Gustavo Agent Talks-up Napoli Move

By on August 14, 2013

With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, could Arsenal lose Luiz Gustavo to Napoli?

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Arsenal could be set to miss out on another top transfer target with Luiz Gustavo’s agent talking up a move to Italian outfit Napoli, according to the Express.

Gustavo is expected to leave Bayern Munich this summer following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona with new boss Pep Guardiola apparently not seeing the Brazilian in his first team plans next season.

The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to north London in recent days with reports earlier in the week claiming the Gunners were on the verge of sealing a record deal. The player also admitted he was keen on a move to the Emirates as he looked to secure regular first team football ahead of next summers World Cup. He said:

“My contract with Bayern runs until 2015, but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for the national team.

“I am in a delicate situation at Bayern, and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move. I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here, so of course I’d like to play for them.”

“Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League,” he added. “They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger. Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League, you could see they are not pushovers.”

[source: ESPN]

However, the Express claim Napoli have made a late move to hijack Arsenal’s deal and Gustavo’s agent has now talked-up a move to the Italians, saying it’s not a club he could turn down and confirmed Bayern have set the players asking price at €18m.

“The way I see the situation, Napoli are not a club you can turn down,”

“Luiz Gustavo is a very important player who would suit any club in Italy, not just Napoli.

“However, the Partenopei already have three midfielders of a good quality, so they’d have to sell one.

“I can say the stories claiming Luiz Gustavo has a clause worth €18m in his contract is absolutely false.

“There is no clause and that sum is simply the asking price Bayern have decided on. He is clearly on the market after Pep Guardiola’s arrival.” Gustavo’s agent is quoted as saying in the Express

It would be a huge blow if we were to miss out on another top player like Gustavo especially to Napoli after the Serie A club snatched Gonzalo Higuain from under our noses last month.

Gustavo would be an ideal purchase as he would fill a defensive midfield void that has been glaringly obvious for a couple of years now and he can also fill in at the back if needed, so it’s a no-brainer.

Hopefully we can get this one done but time is running out and we need at least 4 players in before the window shuts in 19 days time, or i fear we’re going to be in for another disappointing season.

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10 Comments

  1. eliud

    August 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    LET NAPOLI BUY ALL THE PLAYERS LINKED TO ARSENAL IF THAT WILL MAKE THEM WIN ALL TROPHIES IN EUROPE INCLUDING WORLD CUP

  2. Elias

    August 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    That’s not his agent, it’s an Italian FIFA agent who has nothing to do with Gustavo you absolute sensationalist mugs.

  3. HantsGooner

    August 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Theres not one comment from either the player or Napoli in fact he says that Napoli would need to sell a player

  4. dibie best

    August 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Wenger is too singy he should no he is not the owner of arsenal

  5. mishael

    August 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Napoly. U should buy all the players in the world. May be you will get all the leagues cup. Eg epl, bundesliga, seria A, French league,etc. Even the world cup. As arsenal link with gustavo you come change his mine because you have money

    • Adamo

      August 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      My god so mad! In Naples we could use Gustavo and he would work wonders with our squad. It’s clear which manager wants to win more this season. Grazie tutti.

  6. H

    August 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Wenger has no intention of buying any player the bloke is a complete knob if he wants suarez pay 50 mils and you can have him ..all wenger is doing if hood winking the stupid arsenal fans and all he will say he has tried we will be luck to finish 10 this season

  7. Scarce sinclaire

    August 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Never mind wenger….he is too slow on transfer market option…but i bliv guztavo is in gunners dressing room

  8. weilie99

    August 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    When Wenger start buying player? rumors flying around but nothing happen. Need to wait until another huge loose in the coming premier league game?

  9. DarlingBudsofArse

    August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    How can Wenger claim to have all these millions at his disposal yet letting slip all the top players in our grasp? The man is obviously not ready for this crucial season ahead! If the kitchen is too hot then let him get out!!!!

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