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Arsenal interest in Douglas Luiz explained as Edu eyes £59m summer deal

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Arsenal are interested in signing a midfielder this summer as Mikel Arteta aims to add quality to his squad ahead of the 2024/25 season, understands.

With the likes of Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium, it’s believed Edu sees the signing of a central midfielder as the priority over the coming months. Bruno Guimaraes, Martin Zubimendi and Amadou Onana have been linked with a move to north London, as has Douglas Luiz.

The Aston Villa man has been on Edu’s radar since at least 2022 and was the subject of three Gunners bids that summer. Ahead of deadline day in early September, Arsenal saw bids of £20million, £22million and £25million rejected by Villa.

At the time, Luiz was playing under Steven Gerrard, was not a regular starter and had just one year remaining on his contract. The Brazilian ended up staying in the West Midlands and actually signed a ‘long-term’ contract the following month, reported to run until 2026.

Less than two weeks after Luiz committed his future to Villa, Unai Emery was appointed as the club’s new head coach and the midfielder’s form under the Spaniard has been sensational ever since. In fact, last season Luiz scored 10 goals and assisted 10 more in 53 appearances in all competitions. He is now valued at £59million, according to Transfermarkt, although Villa would likely command a higher fee given his importance to the side.

Explaining his decision to sign a new contract with Villa in 2022, Luiz said: “Because I love this club, this club opened the door for me to come here to England and play in the Premier League. The club has given me the space and I’m so happy, because I’m staying here and my choice is here.”

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