Wolfsburg reveal Luiz Gustavo talks

The Brazil international has attracted the interest of a host of clubs and the Bundesliga side are hopeful of winning the race for his signature

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking is hopeful the Bundesliga club can clinch the signing of Brazil international Luiz Gustavo.

Goal exclusively revealed on Monday that Arsenal were looking to seal a €20 million deal for the out-of-favour Bayern midfielder as Arsene Wenger looks to add to the solitary summer arrival of Yaya Sanogo.

Despite strong interest from the Premier League side, Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg, who began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Hannover 96 last weekend, are hopeful of attracting Gustavo to the Volkswagen Arena.

Hecking told SID: “We can’t confirm the transfer yet. He has been with the Selecao, so we haven’t had more talks.

“But we hope he will decide for Wolfsburg. Of course we know there are several other clubs interested.”

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the VW Group who own Wolfsburg, put pressure on Hecking after he urged the side who finished 11th in Germany’s top flight last season to sign the 26-year-old midfielder back in July.

Having already missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Napoli earlier in the transfer window, and with Liverpool adamant they will not allow Luis Suarez to leave for the Emirates Stadium, Wenger faces the prospect of missing out on another top target ahead of the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

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