In a strategic move to bolster their midfield prowess, Arsenal secured the acquisitions of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz in the recent transfer window. The versatile Rice has seamlessly adapted, maneuvering between the no.6 and no.8 roles based on the opponent and game dynamics, showcasing his tactical flexibility.
Jorginho’s impactful presence has admirably compensated for the absence of the injured Thomas Partey. However, speculations from Caught Offside hint at a potential departure for Partey in January, with Saudi Arabia emerging as a plausible destination for the former Atletico Madrid dynamo.
Amid this midfield shuffle, reports indicate that Luiz is the primary target for Arsenal in the upcoming January transfer window, despite the steep financial demands. The Gunners are gearing up for a decisive move in the ensuing weeks, with expectations that it may take a substantial £60 million to initiate negotiations with Villa.
Arsenal’s interest in Luiz dates back to September last year when head coach Mikel Arteta expressed keenness in bringing the midfielder to the Emirates. A £25 million bid at that time fell short of convincing Villa to part ways with the Brazilian, who, at that point, wasn’t a prominent figure in the starting XI. However, Luiz opted to extend his stay at Villa by signing a new contract, and under the management of Unai Emery, he has transformed into a linchpin in the lineup across all competitions.
At 25 years old, Luiz is currently in his prime, making him an enticing prospect for Arsenal. While Villa is reluctant to part with him midseason, especially as they contend for Champions League qualification, Arsenal’s determination, backed by a substantial offer in the range of £60 million, may pose a significant test to Villa’s resolve come January.