We approached Him first but He rejected our big money proposal to accept Arsenal offer,They should just pray that we didn’t come to meet in the knockout stage if not I will show them’: Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel says £70m midfielder that He approached months earlier have agreed personal terms with Arsenal
Mikel Arteta has expressed a strong interest in bolstering Arsenal’s midfield in the upcoming January transfer window, with reports indicating that Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is a primary target for the Gunners.
During the summer, Palhinha was on the verge of leaving Fulham in a £55 million deal with Bayern Munich. However, the Premier League side faced challenges in securing a replacement before the transfer window closed.
Despite the failed summer move, Bayern Munich remains interested in Palhinha. Yet, according to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano, the German champions may encounter competition from Arsenal for the talented midfielder.
Romano provided insight into Arsenal’s interest in Palhinha, stating, “I can confirm that there are English clubs interested in Palhinha, and one of those clubs is Arsenal. The club values Palhinha highly, with some internal discussions regarding his potential acquisition.”
However, Romano highlighted two key considerations for Arsenal. Firstly, Palhinha is not a young player, and at 29 next year, his age poses a factor in Arsenal’s decision-making. Secondly, the financial aspect comes into play, as Arsenal may hesitate to invest a substantial sum, especially after the significant expenditure on Declan Rice.
Romano suggested that if Arsenal aims for a major signing, the focus could shift to Douglas Luiz. However, he emphasized the considerable challenge ahead, as Aston Villa is reluctant to part ways with the Brazilian midfielder.
In Romano’s words, “Arsenal admires Douglas Luiz, but Aston Villa, a club we should now consider as a top club, is not inclined to sell the player. Aston Villa’s impressive performance, visionary leadership, excellent managerial team, and talented players demand respect.”
In essence, while Arsenal eyes reinforcements in the midfield, the road to securing either Palhinha or Douglas Luiz presents its own set of challenges, with financial considerations and the determination of the respective clubs playing pivotal roles.