Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz when the January transfer window opens.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has suggested that the Brazilian is a top target for the Gunners and a subsequent report from TEAMtalk claims that the player is interested in moving to the Emirates, although he could cost £60m.
Most fans on X would back the club signing Luiz but there are some that do have reservations about his ability and price tag:
We are getting him for sure
— SALMON (@4th_dekoya) November 10, 2023
I’ll be so happy 😁
— Blockchain Dev | Data Scientist (@ShelbeeCrypto) November 10, 2023
At the right price and that is not more than £45M
— Rugema (@MyRugema) November 10, 2023
If Arteta wants him and not rumours. Absolutely yes. Think he’s got the physicality and not injury prone
— 𝐏ʀɪɴᴄᴇ 𝐒ᴀᴍᴍʏ (@princesammyaley) November 10, 2023
He’s average in my opinion.
— 🕸Stackgik👨💻 (@hardheboy1994) November 10, 2023
He’s always been impressive even last season. What helps is he gets Declan playing a more central midfield position. They can both change. Which allows our attacking midfielder to be more effective at his job.
— Mr. McCall (@DerrickMcCall) November 10, 2023
Could be overpriced tho
— Afc_adam (@Adam_arsenal1) November 10, 2023
Luiz’s asking price may put off Arsenal
If Villa do hold out for as much as some reports claim, you can’t see Mikel Arteta’s side making a move for Luiz in the New Year.
There are already concerns about Financial Fair Play which means that the Gunners would probably have to sell someone before they buy.
Do Arsenal have any alternative targets to Luiz?
It is believed that Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi is also on the club’s radar. However, there are a couple of reasons why a move for the Spaniard may not be on the cards.
Firstly, the midfielder has reportedly rejected a transfer to North London before, having decided to remain with Real Sociedad last January.
Secondly, Arsenal would likely have to pay the 24-year-old’s release clause, which stands at €60m (£52m); a figure that is only slightly below Luiz’s valuation.