Arsenal have made a £20m bid for Douglas Luiz, with Aston Villa seeing a £13m bid for potential replacement Leander Dendoncker accepted by Wolves.
Sky Sports News had been told that four clubs – Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool – were interested in signing Luiz ahead of the transfer deadline
Luiz – who joined Villa from Manchester City and is out of contract next summer – would like to play for a club in the Champions League.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night, but despite their perfect start of five wins from five, Arteta admitted he is wary about his strength in depth in the middle of the park following a spate of injuries and said Arsenal could do a deal on Deadline Day if the right player becomes available.
“We are looking at options,” said Arteta. “Obviously [Elneny’s injury] has an impact because Thomas Partey is injured and we are a bit short in that position. We do have Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka who can play there.
“We are just looking at options in the market. As I said, the club has been super supportive to try to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.”
Gerrard: I’m not in control of Douglas Luiz situation
Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard said his recruitment team were also working hard to deliver a Deadline Day boost – although he also discussed the potential exit of Luiz.
“I’m not in control of that,” said Gerrard, when asked whether Luiz – who scored a sensational goal from a corner – would still be at the club at the end of Thursday. “There are more than two people in control of that but I’m certainly not one of them.
“That will be Douglas, that will be his agent’s decision as to what happens around that. I’d like to keep him because he’s a fantastic player. I’ve made that abundantly clear.
“We are not in a position where we need to lose our top players, but at the same time, Douglas has got a year to go, and it is one of those really touchy situations where the club have to do what is best for the club and not necessarily what’s best for me.”
On incomings, he said: “There’s obviously very little time left, but people are working ever so hard in the background to try and get some support in where we feel like we need it. I don’t think it makes sense for me to say where and how many, but we are working hard to try and make additions and for one or two to go the other way.”
Villa now look like winning the race to sign Wolves’ Dendoncker after they saw a £13m bid for the Belgium international accepted.
Wolves fielded approaches from Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa for the midfielder and are expected to try and sign a replacement.
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