Podolski could be bait in Arsenal's Gustavo switch

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Arsenal are hoping to do a late-deal for Luiz Gustavo, with Lukas Podolski said set to be used as a makeweight in the transfer.

Arsenal are hoping to land Wolfsburg’s Luis Gustavo, and will launch a late bid to sign the defensive midfielder with just 7 days left this transfer window.

The signing of a midfield enforcer is reportedly still on Arsene Wenger’s wishlist this summer, and Gustavo is certainly a more affordable option than some of his original targets.

The frugal Arsenal manager is thought to have had hoped to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, but is understood to have now switched his attention to other targets.

The Gunners are more confident of being able to secure Gustavo, though, who has a release clause of £27.5 million, and attacking midfielder Lukas Podolski could hold the key in the transfer.

The German has been made available for transfer this summer - if an offer comes in that meets the North-London club’s valuation - and Wolfsburg are one of a number of clubs reportedly interested in signing him.

The World Cup winner could, therefore, be used as a bargaining chip to lure Gustavo to Arsenal, as Wenger believes that he would play a more important role than Podolski in the side’s first-team.

Although Podolski is a talented player, the recent addition of Alexis Sanchez has meant that, should he stay, he may have to be utilized in a rotational role this campaign, whereas Gustavo would become a guaranteed starter.

Although Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are decent squad players, but both into their 30s, Gustavo would offer a serious improvement.

Gustavo joined Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich last season and has gone on to impress over the last year – but it looks like his stay at the Volkswagen Arena could be a brief one.

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