Arsenal board target £70m ‘perfect midfielder’ after Thomas Partey’s injury

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Arsenal board target £70m ‘perfect midfielder’ after Thomas Partey’s injury
Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz
Douglas Luiz is Arsenal’s top transfer target ahead of the January window (AP)

Arsenal have made Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz their top target ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been dealt a fresh blow this week as Thomas Partey has been ruled out until the start of 2024 at the earliest after he underwent a thigh operation.

Arsenal had targeted Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of the January window but according to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are prioritising a move for Luiz this winter.

‘The top name from what I’m hearing on Arsenal’s list is Douglas Luiz,’ Romano said on his YouTube channel.

‘The player was on the list two years ago, Edu and other people at the club really appreciate him.

‘Douglas Luiz is considered the perfect midfielder by people at Arsenal. They would love to sign him and retire on Douglas Luiz.’

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey
Arsenal are in the market to secure cover for the injured Thomas Partey (Getty)

Romano also claims that Arsenal have retained their interest in Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi but the 24-year-old is keen to stay with the Spanish club at least until the end of the season.

Arsenal had made an approach to sign Zubimendi, who has a €60 million (£52.6m) release clause in his contract with Real Sociedad last January, but the midfielder described the decision to leave the club halfway through the campaign as ‘illogical’.

Luiz, meanwhile, was the subject of multiple offers from Arsenal last year but their highest offer of £25m was rejected by Villa.

The Brazilian was rewarded with a new contract with Villa which keeps him tied to the club until 2026.

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