Arsenal transfer news: Gustavo keen on switch but Kondogbia not for sale

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A select round-up of transfer rumours relating to Arsenal, including Luiz Gustavo, Luis Suarez, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marouane Chamakh.

Luiz Gustavo has said he would be interested in joining Arsenal this summer, amid rumours that the Gunners have made a £!7.2million bid for the Bayern Munich midfielder.

Gustavo is on international duty with Brazil, where he told reporters he needed to be playing first team football this season ahead of the World Cup.

"I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move,” he said.

"I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It's a big club we're talking about here so of course I'd like to play for them.

"Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger.”

In contrast to Gustavo’s open position, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has put a gag on any transfer talk while he is on international duty with Uruguay.

The 26-year-old has not believed to have changed his stance, and is desperate to leave Liverpool, who have so far been adamant he will not be sold.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has said that midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will not be sold this summer, despite reported interest from all of the top four in the Premier League.

Sevilla have already sold Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Gary Medel this transfer window, and are not prepared to let Kondogbia leave, meaning any club keen to sign the 20-year-old will have to pay his €20million buy-out clause.

A move for Gustavo would likely see Arsenal cool any interest in Kondogbia regardless of Sevilla’s stance, but if the Bayern Munich player decided to go elsewhere, they might try and force the Spanish club’s hand over the young defensive midfielder.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on a one-year deal.

The 29-year-old scored 14 times for Arsenal after moving from Bordeaux in 2010, and could make his debut against Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday in Palace’s first match of the season.

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