Arsenal face two major obstacles over Douglas Luiz transfer

Can they overcome them?

Arsenal face two major obstacles over Douglas Luiz transfer
Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Douglas Luiz is a target for Arsenal (Credits: AP)

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz in January hinge on the Brazilian forcing through a move and the club remaining compliant with Financial Fair Play rules.

Mikel Arteta wants to sign the defensive midfielder after injury to Thomas Partey.

The Ghanaian is not expected to return to action until the New Year, at which point he will be off to the Africa Cup of Nations to represent his country.

Luiz was the subject of a series of bids from the Gunners in 2022 but Villa held strong in their determination to keep the midfielder.

Arsenal’s interest has remained, and Arteta feels Luiz could add some strength and depth to the Gunners’ midfield.

Arsenal FC v Sevilla FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arteta wants to sign Luiz (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

But Arteta’s plans face two main obstacles.

First, Villa have no intention of listening to offers and consider Luiz to be a key part of Unai Emery’s side.

Luiz will therefore have to angle for a move away from the club, and would have to hand in a transfer request.

The second stumbling block is Financial Fair Play. Arsenal spent £200m last summer and recouped just £60m.

It meant the club had to sign David Raya on loan from Brentford, rather than on a permanent deal.

Villa would not consider such a deal for Luiz, and would likely seek around £70m for the midfielder.

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