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Transfer Talk: Arsenal and City ready to splash the cash on Luiz
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Mitchell Fretton
Douglas Luiz has been instrumental for Aston Villa this season
Douglas Luiz has been instrumental for Aston Villa this season

Arsenal have made Douglas Luiz their No1 transfer target in January but face stiff competition from Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side have fallen short of expectations so far this term and may look to the market to strengthen their title bid.

The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League at the weekend and have a long-standing interest in Aston Villa midfielder Luiz, 25. 

According to Football Insider, Mikel Arteta is willing to meet the £100million valuation set by the Midlands club but accepts a deal in the middle of the campaign is unlikely.

The report also suggests Villa will knock back any attempt to poach their Brazilian star next month as they look to mount their own title challenge. 

City are expected to part company with Kalvin Phillips next month, with the former Leeds man failing to impress in Manchester.

Thomas Partey's future at Arsenal appears uncertain and the Ghanaian powerhouse, who is sidelined by injury, has made just four top-flight appearances this term.

Under Unai Emery this season, Luiz has bagged five goals and two assists in the league and is regarded as an elite asset at Villa Park.

In other news

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reportedly wants to leave Tottenham
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reportedly wants to leave Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is looking to leave during the January sales and is at the top of Juventus' transfer list, according to Italian sources.

Football Transfers believe Crystal Palace have an interest in Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and could make a move for him when the window opens. 

Jadon Sancho's representatives are trying to force a move away from Manchester United and have been in contact with Borussia Dortmund

But GiveMeSport suggest a deal with the German club may be too complicated to complete.


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