Arsenal face two Douglas Luiz transfer obstacles as Mikel Arteta priority emerges


Arsenal are looking to add reinforcements to Mikel Arteta's midfield options in the January transfer window. Injuries to Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey have the left the Gunners light in the middle of the pitch despite the arrival of Kai Havertz and Declan Rice for a combined fee of £170million in the summer.

Despite the flurry of injury concerns at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal remain just a single point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City. Reports last week stated Arsenal were now considering reigniting their interest in Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz ahead of January.

Partey will have just 12 months left on his contract in the summer, and Arsenal open to offers for the 30-year-old. Jorginho and Mohamed Elneny will see their deals expire at the end of the season.

There is the option to extend the former's deal by 12 months, but Arsenal are exploring the market for the future of the base of their midfield. It is clear that new signings will be required in midfield in the next 12 months and Luiz is among the players being considered, whilst understands Martin Zubimendi has been of interest for a while now.

The Spain international has a €60million (£52m) release clause in his contract. However, it is thought that he is happy at Real Sociedad and not looking to move in January as things stand.

If the Gunners are to pursue a move to sign Luiz, the Brazilian midfielder will have to push for an exit at Villa Park given that Unai Emery's side do not have any intention to cash in on the 25-year-old. Luiz is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who has close links to Arsenal's sporting director but a mid-season deal still looks incredibly complex given Villa's impressive start to the season and would likely demand a mammoth fee to even possibly consider altering their stance.

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The Villa star is considered central to Unai Emery's vision, as per The Mirror, and unless the player pushes for a transfer and spells out to Aston Villa that he wishes to leave the club - he will be staying put. Arsenal are also struggling to abide Financial Fair Play regulations due to their lack of substantial sales - leaving them in a position where they will need to sell before they can buy.

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