Arsenal line up Bayern star Gustavo

Arsenal have set their sights on Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo as the European champions are looking to trim down their squad, according to The Mirror.

The Brazilian was on the Gunners’ radar in January, and it is believed that boss Arsene Wenger is now preparing to launch a bid to tempt the 25-year-old to north London.

With the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, it is understood that Bayern are now willing to listen to offers for Gustavo – with German outfit Wolfsburg also having confirmed their interest.

Gustavo’s versatility is something that Wenger is keen on, as he is able to cover in defence as well as attack – and with Thomas Vermaelen set to miss the start of the season with a back injury, it could be the case that Gustavo begins his Arsenal career as a central defender before moving into the midfield when the established defenders are all back in action.

Gustavo is also thought to be open to a move to the Emirates, with first team football his priority ahead of the 2014 World Cup next summer in his home nation of Brazil.

He joined Bayern in 2011 reportedly for around €15m, and has made 64 appearances for the Bundesliga champions thus far, scoring six goals. He has also won 10 caps for Brazil, having made his senior debut in a friendly match against Germany in August 2011.

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