There were a lot of long and drawn out transfer rumours connected with Arsenal Football Club in the simmer and, until the amazing capture of Mesut Ozil on the last day, all of them seemed to go wrong for one reason or another. The one that wound most fans up was the Gonzalo Higuain saga, with the Madrid striker apparently certain to come to north London before joining Napoli.
For me, it was equally frustrating that the Bayern Munich and Brazil midfielder Luis Gustavo decided to join the Bundesliga club Wolfsburg instead of Arsenal. The defensive midfield position was one which most fans were desperate to strengthen, which Arsene Wenger eventually did with Mathieu Flamini, but Gustavo would have been a great signing.
But he decided to swap the German champions and turn down the Champions League to join Wolfsburg who had finished 11th in the Bundesliga for some stranger reason. Possibly money? Well it seems that he may be regretting this season, according to the Express, because he has announced his willingness to move, as long as any prospective club meets his release clause.
Gustavo said, “I have a long contract which includes a buy-out fee, and if anyone wants to pay that, they can sign me.”
The report claims that La Liga champions Barcelona are interested, although they do already have Busquets, Song and Mascherano for that position. So should Arsenal go back for Gustavo? I have a feeling that Wenger will be unwilling to pay more than he would have done in the summer just because Gustavo made the wrong move, but you never know…