The Brazil international has also been linked with a move to Wolfsburg and Chelsea this summer, but Arsenal are currently believed to be the frontrunners for the 26-year-old.
A composed defensive midfielder, Gustavo would add steel to Arsenal’s side, and would be a more natural fit for a holding role than Mikel Arteta.
Arsene Wenger might have run out of patience with Abou Diaby’s constant injury problems, and Gustavo could be the ideal addition to give his team more balance next season.
Luis Suarez remains Arsenal’s primary target, but with Liverpool refusing to consider selling the Uruguayan, the move has stalled and could turn ugly.
Suarez is not prepared to apologise for his attempts to leave Anfield, after he was urged to do so by Brendan Rodgers and forced to train by himself until he issues an apology for the public statement he made saying he wanted to move.
The striker believes that Liverpool have broken promises to him saying that he could leave if they failed to qualify for the Champions League, and will not back down from his stance.
Liverpool owner John Henry has made it clear he will not consider selling Suarez this summer, especially to Arsenal, who he considers a rival for the Champions League places next season.
The 20-year-old is reportedly valued at around £8.5million, and recently impressed alongside Arsenal’s new signing Yaya Sanogo in the French side at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
The powerful defensive midfielder might be considered as a back up option should Arsenal not be able to sign Luiz Gustavo.
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