Arsenal set to make third transfer offer for Douglas Luiz in January

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Arsenal are reportedly set to make a third bid for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz in January, having had two offers turned down at the end of the summer transfer window. Thomas Partey’s injury has highlighted a weak area in the Gunners’ squad, as his deputy Mohamed Elneny has also been sidelined and Albert Sambi Lokonga has been drafted in to play alongside Granit Xhaka.

According to The Sun, Arteta is growing frustrated with Partey’s injury issues having missed three Premier League games already with a thigh injury. He returned after a month out in the 3-0 win over Brentford, but there were further concerns when he withdrew from the Ghana squad to face Nicaragua having already missed the Black Stars’ 3-0 defeat to Brazil.

The report claims that Arsenal will attempt to boost their midfield options by returning for Luiz in January, however their third bid will be lower than the two they made at the end of the summer window.

The Gunners were prepared to bid £23million for the 24-year-old, however he is out of contract at the end of the season. Luiz can speak with foreign clubs regarding a pre-contractual agreement in January.

Though fellow English teams will have to wait until next summer if they wish to sign him on a free transfer. The report claims that Arsenal believe a fee of £15m would be more than reasonable for a player with such a short time left on his contract.

Arteta admitted that time was against his side in their bid to sign Luiz in the summer, as they were forced to react to the injuries of Partey and Elneny. “We did business pretty early but unfortunately in the last 72 hours Thomas got injured in the same place as last time and Mo has a long-term injury,” Arteta said last month.

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“Then we had to react in the market and we tried to bring in the players that are right for the team and work for the club and didn’t manage to do that. We pushed to strengthen the team and bring the best possible people and players to this football club. We have managed to a certain level. Time was a big limitation with what happened in the last 72 hours in our midfield.”

Partey is a doubt for the upcoming north London derby, though Ghana boss Otto Addo claimed that the midfielder’s absence was only precautionary.

“Hopefully Thomas will be healthy very, very soon,” Otto said. “We didn’t want to take that risk in a friendly game to play him against Brazil, but surely playing a player like him against a squad like Brazil would have been helpful.”

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