Arsenal were keen to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa on transfer deadline day but talks collapsed over a disagreement over the price and a clause in his contract.
The 24-year-old had been identified as a target by boss Mikel Arteta, who wanted to strengthen his midfield following Thomas Partey’s injury.
On Arteta’s side, three bits were rejected for Brazil international Luiz – he bid £23m and then improved to £25m after his opening bid of £20m was rejected – and Villa slammed him a £40m price tag, which the Gunners considered too high.
According to local outlet Birmingham Live, a clause in his contract after he left Etihad for Villa Park in 2019 meant that Manchester City were also to receive 20 per cent of any £15million sale for their former player.
That, along with the price difference, was what caused talks to collapse, despite Luiz falling out of favor at Villa this season after making it clear he was desperate to leave the club and that he only has a year at his current one deal stayed.
“I think the people involved in the deal are now ready to throw in the towel,” Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol said less than two hours before the window closed at 11pm on Thursday.
“Arsenal were willing to pay up to £25m for a player who is out of contract in a year, but Aston Villa were very adamant he was not for sale.
“Douglas Luiz will not leave Aston Villa. That’s what the club said all day – the player is not for sale.
“Some of those involved in the negotiations are a little confused because towards the end of last week they were led to believe that Villa was listening to offers of around £20million for Luiz.
“He hadn’t really started playing under Steven Gerrard and is out of contract in the summer.”
Villa boss Steven Gerrard expressed his desire to keep Luiz after Wednesday’s defeat to Arsenal, saying: “I’d love to keep him, he’s a fantastic player. I made that abundantly clear.’
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