Arsenal closing in on Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo

Arsene Wenger is close to capturing Arsenal’s first major signing of the summer, the Daily Mirror has reported, as Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo nears a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The fee for the Brazil international is said to be in the region of £14m, with Gustavo choosing the Gunners over Chelsea and Wolfsburg, according to the newspaper. Gustavo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at this summer’s Confederations Cup, and of the all-conquering Bayern Munich team that won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League last season.

Wenger revealed that he is concerned about the depth in the Arsenal squad, a problem he hopes Gustavo can help address, although the manager was reluctant to give too much away. “There is nothing concrete – at the moment,” Wenger said. “We want to play 55 games this ¬season and I think we are a little bit thin squad-wise.

The Frenchman added that he still hoped to make Luis Suarez Arsenal’s headline arrival, and is pleased not to have lost any major names as he has in years past. “I also haven’t given up hope on Suarez. If I read what people are saying about him, then maybe I would give up. But we will do it the right way,” Wenger revealed.

I am an optimist. That’s why I do this job. We have kept the squad together for the first time in many years so I am happy.

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