This summer saw Arsenal among the suitors for Bayern Munich star Luiz Gustavo. It came after the Brazilian holding midfielder played a starring role in the Brazil side that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in the summer.
Despite his obvious class he was not at all ensured of a place in the Bayern Munich side after the arrival of Thiago Alcantara - and after a season in which he did not feature regularly.
The holding midfielder position is one Arsene Wenger wanted to strengthen in the summer - and Gustavo soon emerged as a standout option.
It was even reported at one point that a deal was done - worth his £17.5 million release clause.
Gustavo signed for VfL Wolfsburg on the 16th August - choosing to stay in Germany, the country he had lived since joining Hoffenheim in 2007, to continue his career.
So when the news broke this week that he still had a release clause in his deal - this time in the €20 million ball-park - immediately Arsenal were flagged as a potential destination.
It comes amid speculation in Spain that Barcelona were looking to snap him up in January as a replacement for Alex Song and to provide cover in the defensive positions.
At that price you can understand why - and it may also be that teams are potentially viewing Wolfsburg as something of a soft touch in the transfer market. I mean they have put a relatively low release clause in place for a player they only recently splurged out on.
"You are happy to know about things like that; still it's an old story. I am with Wolfsburg and I have a long-term deal at this club."
So both Arsenal and Barca can forget about a deal right now as Gustavo will remain with Wolfsburg for the foreseeable future - regardless of his €20 million release clause.
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