Why Arsenal are likely to move for Aston Villa ace Douglas Luiz
Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz is said to be on Arsenal’s summer transfer wishlist.
Arsenal made no first-team signings during the January window, although the groundwork was laid for USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner to join the New England Revolution at the end of the season.
But Fabrizio Romano, a respected Italian transfer journalist, expects the Gunners to be more active in the next window.
Many observers expect Arsenal to sign a new striker before the start of next season. They certainly appear to be in need, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having recently left for Barcelona, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could also leave on free transfers in June when their contracts expire.
As things stand, Gabriel Martinelli will be the only senior striker at Arsenal on July 1.
But there is another priority position for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, as Romano explains in his latest transfer podcast.
“Arsenal need a midfielder, they wanted a midfielder in January,” Romano said.
“Also because Elneny is going to leave the club, so they need a player in that position.
“Douglas Luiz is one to watch this summer. Not only for Arsenal do they have an interest, but I’m not convinced he will extend his contract with Aston Villa, so he could be a big name in the market this summer.
“So keep an eye out for Douglas Luiz, not just for Arsenal, but they have his name on the list.”
As Romano escaped, Mohamed Elneny, like Lacazette and Nketiah, is another Arsenal player whose contract ends on June 30.
Meanwhile, Villa de Luiz’s deal runs until summer 2023.
The 23-year-old, who has nine senior caps for Brazil to his name, joined Villa from Manchester City in 2019.
However, he never played for City, having spent most of his time on their books on loan at Girona in Spain.