Arsenal is willing to do a swap deal with Aston Villa for Douglas Luiz

Arsenal’s interest in Douglas Luiz is serious, and they are now considering a swap deal to land the Brazilian.

The Gunners are keen to add a new midfielder to their squad, and Luiz is their primary target. Although there was a possibility of him joining Arsenal before last season, an agreement with Aston Villa couldn’t be reached.

Luiz is under contract with Villa until 2026, but Arsenal’s interest persists. However, Villa values him as an important player and is unwilling to let him leave midway through the league season.

To navigate this situation, Arsenal is exploring the best way to add him to their squad. A report on Todomercadoweb reveals that the Gunners are willing to offer Emile Smith Rowe to Villa in a swap deal. Villa has previously shown interest in the injury-prone midfielder, and Arsenal hopes they are still interested in adding him to their group.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Luiz will be a better member of our squad than Smith Rowe has been, so swapping the Englishman for the Brazilian makes sense.

However, Villa will play hardball with Luiz as he is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career under Unai Emery.

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  1. If swapping ESR for Luiz, would make The Arsenal stronger, why would villa agree to the deal and make themselves weaker?

    1. Maybe they think Emery could use him more than Arsenal do, and maybe draw more talent out of him than Arteta is doing. I’m not fully supporting the swap/££ of this “rumor”, but at the same time, if Arteta isn’t going to try to integrate ESR into his starting lineup (which I wish he would do, maybe more cup games at the least), I’m not opposed to this “rumor” either. We need a Partey replacement, because Jorghino is good, but he’s no Partey or Luiz. If we’re not going to give ESR the chance/time he deserves, let him go to a club that values him more than us and we’ll take a player we’ve had our eyes on for a while, and who could make our squad even better, in return (plus a little extra cash on our side).

      1. Oh yes, Emery seems to have a knack with youngsters, he has an excellent track record in this regard.

        In the summer I was like a lone wolf, voicing for the kid to join Emery and Aston Villa in some sort of loan form, now I think a swap deal of some sort would be an excellent peice of business.

        Arsenal have to get clever in the Winter window, a deal should be explore for Ramsdale too maybe for Lavia and stop this crap about about two number one goalies, its against conventional wisdom to chart this route

        1. Swapping ESR for DL would be good for all, Emery is genius with players who respect him – respect which he has earned throughout his career. If we transfer Ramsdale, then we will need an able no.2 GK, cannot leave everything to the young Hein. If that was the case, why did we let go Turner? We should have sold Ramsdale last summer.

          What a stupid way to waste funds, no accountability, no long term plan, blatant lies and confusion everywhere.

  2. Unai Emery is known for breaking bread with kids, his interest in Smith Rowe goes way back, in the elderly Spaniard eyes the Englishman would have a much higher ceiling.

    Surely this is a deal that would set Arsenal back a couple mills, but a change of scenery could just be what the doctor ordered for the young Englishman.
    One that could suit both parties with everyone living happily after.

  3. I don’t see Emery sabotaging his own team when he is having such a good season. They don’t need funds, they just need to build on their success. Long shot.

  4. Whilst not wishing ESR to depart, I’m mindful of his wretched injury record. Without that on his CV, I doubt whether this article would have been penned

  5. Swap fabio Vieira with D Luiz and if Aston villa refuse arsenal should go for Koopmeiners who is even more superior to D Luiz he is quite similar to Szoboslai of Liverpool but more defensively assured.

  6. The point everyone is missing is Aston Villa have no intention of letting Luiz go why would they, the £60 m valuation has been publicly denounced as a pack of lies by the club it’s a figure dreamt up by some journos who are just trying to stir things up as usual.
    No sorry lads this is garbage and take it from me it ain’t going to happen. Just forget and move on.

  7. Luiz has been one of Villa’s best players this season and doubt if they will allow him to go. Better that we try for either Zubimendi or Rubin Neves.

  8. A fit Smith Rowe is a better fit for Arsenal than Fabio Vieira or Kai Havertz I doubt Aston Villa would let Luiz go Arsenal need three players in January window a utility defender, a defensive midfielder and a striker The likes of Nelson, Viera, Nketiah and unless he improves soon Havertz are just not good or strong enough Smitu Rowe could be when fit but his injury record is not good and for ubts remain about his future Patino is, another who Arsenal may consider selling if a suitable offer was to be received

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