Arsenal have submitted a bid for Douglas Luiz as Aston Villa have Leander Dendoncker bid accepted by Wolves
Douglas Luiz scored from a corner to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday. Steven Gerrard described his future at Villa as “touchy,” and Arsenal has since made a bid after Villa had a £13 million offer for Wolves player Leander Dendoncker approved.
Arsenal has made a £20 million offer for Douglas Luiz, while Wolves have accepted a £13 million offer from Aston Villa for Leander Dendoncker, a potential replacement.
Prior to the transfer deadline, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool were the four teams said to be interested in signing Luiz, according to Sky Sports News.
Currently, Aston Villa is unwilling to trade Luiz to Arsenal. Depending on the Dendoncker transaction, the scenario may alter later on Thursday and the price might go up.
The player is someone Arteta desires and has worked with at Manchester City. Luiz, whose contract expires in the summer of 2019, wants to play for a team competing in the Champions League.
Liverpool and Atletico Madrid both made bids for him on Wednesday. Juventus is also intrigued. From November 18, he is eligible to meet with overseas teams like Atletico and Juventus and may depart as a free agent the following summer.
Despite their perfect start of five victories in a row, Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday. However, Arteta admitted he is concerned about his team’s strength in depth in the middle of the park due to a recent wave of injuries. He also suggested that Arsenal may complete a deal on Deadline Day if the right player becomes available.
We are considering our alternatives, Arteta stated. Since Thomas Partey is injured and we are somewhat depleted at that position, it is obvious that Elneny’s injury has an effect. Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga are available to play there.
“All we are doing is researching our alternatives. As I previously stated, the club has been incredibly supportive of our efforts to maintain the squad and team as strong as possible, and we will continue to do so if the appropriate player becomes available and we are capable of doing so.
While discussing the likely departure of Luiz, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard stated that his recruiting staff was also working hard to offer a Deadline Day boost.
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When asked if Luiz, who scored an incredible goal from a corner, will still be at the club at the end of Thursday, Gerrard responded, “I’m not in charge of that.” “There are definitely more than two individuals in charge of it; I’m not one of them.
“What transpires in that area will be decided by Douglas and his agent. He’s a great player, therefore I want to keep him. I’ve been quite clear about that.” We are not in a position where we must lose our star players, but Douglas still has one year left, and this is one of those really delicate situations where the club must act in the club’s best interest, not necessarily my own.”
On arrivals, he said: “Even though there is obviously not much time left, people are working really hard behind the scenes to try and provide assistance where we feel it would be most helpful.
We are working hard to try to make additions and for one or two to go the other way, but I don’t believe it makes sense for me to mention where or how many.
After having their $13 million offer for Dendoncker from Wolves accepted, Villa currently appears to be in the lead in the hunt to sign the Belgian international.
According to Sky Sports News, should the deal not go through, Villa may be interested in midfielder Gerson from Marseille as a backup plan to Dendoncker.
Wolves received bids for the midfielder from Everton, West Ham, and Villa, and it is anticipated that they will try to acquire a replacement.
Metz and Wolves are continuing in contract talks for midfielder Boubacar Traore. Long-term negotiations are expected to result in a settlement today.