Release clause revealed: €20m man to sign with Barcelona or Arsenal?

Brazilian international Luiz Gustavo was eyed by Barcelona and Arsenal but chose differently. Now he is back on the transfer map.

Luiz Gustavo could become an option for the Gunners once again, after news of a 'big club' release clause in his contract, which can be activated after the World Cup, was revealed.

Rumour had it that Arsenal were “alerted” to the possibility of a transfer last summer and had even bid for the €20m man from Bayern Munich. Manager Arsene Wenger tried to entice the Brazilian international with a spot in his preferred position at the defensive midfield.

But Luiz Gustavo decided not to go to the global city of London but to Wolfsburg, at least in the German state of Lower Saxony the fifth largest city and famous because of Volkswagen headquarter.

Gustavo chose his club wisely. In which city it was, most likely didn’t affect the decision. As with some other Brazilian football players, who are at a career crossroad, the 26-year-old had the World Cup in his home country in mind before signing with VfL Wolfsburg.

Playing time and an assured place in the starting line-up is the foundation to accomplish this.

As Gustavo hoped, it was an easy transition. He stayed in Bundesliga and with an ambitious club with readily achievable goals. He has performed impressively, after a rough start with two dismissals, and established himself as a rock solid defensive midfielder. VfL Wolfsburg is more then happy.

However Gustavo could leave soon. German sports magazine kicker revealed that the contract of the 26-year-old has a release clause of an undisclosed fee.

Klaus Allofs sporting director of Wolfsburg didn’t confirmed or denied the report but said: “Even at VfL no one is not for sale. For me it is a matter of course that, in the case of a query which is sporting and reasonable and also in a good business sense for the VfL, we deal with it.”

Unconditional loyalty sounds different. If Gustavo plays a great tournament in Brazil Allofs might not say no to a reasonable offer.

Should either Arsenal or FC Barcelona make a bid? The Catalans are very interested according to the kicker report and showed that already in 2011. Arsenal could also renew their bid after the World Cup if Gustavo performs well. Why not? He would be a great acquisition to reinforce their defensive midfield.

And the Brazilian international comes with a huge upside. Sure, he couldn’t establish himself at treble champion Bayern Munich but still is a good fit for a world class team. He records a pass success percentage of 84.6 per cent. and has a superb tackling style.

Arsenal should put Luiz Gustavo back on their transfer wish list and hurry if they don't want to lose the bidding war again.

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