Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for Gremio forward Luan after his proposed move to Spartak Moscow fell through, according to reports.
With several stars at Arsenal expected to be sold in the coming weeks to free up space in a squad that is ‘too congested’, Wenger is still on the look out for potential new additions.
The likes of Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez and Jean Seri continue to be linked – but Luan is a new name in the frame.
The Gunners have reportedly shown interest in the frontman since his move to Russia fell through, with Wenger said to be keen on bringing the Brazilian to north London.
He faces potential competition from a Premier League rival, however, with Liverpool also linked as a possible suitor for the 24-year-old.
Here we take a closer look at Luan, who has become a major player for Gremio over the past few seasons.
Who is he?
Luan is a forward who can play anywhere across the front three if needed. He has come to the attention of a number of top clubs following his recent performances for Gremio.
The Brazilian youngster has been playing for Gremio since 2014, making 101 appearances for the club – scoring 25 goals and grabbing 17 assists.
How did he do last season?
Luan made 22 appearances in all competitions for Gremio last year, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists.
He was key to Gremio’s success last season and was directly involved in more goals than anyone else in the squad.
He has been capped once for the full international team and was selected in Brazil’s squad for the summer Olympic Games in Rio, scoring in the quarter final win against Columbia.
Who wants him?
Arsenal will be battling with Liverpool for his signature – with Serie A side Sampdoria also linked.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly sent a scout to watch Luan in Wednesday’s 2-1 Copa Libertadores victory over Godoy Cruz.
Spartak Moscow remain interested, although a move for the forward has recently fallen through.
How much would he cost?
Luan would cost in the region of €20 million.
The player looks interested in moving away from Brazil for his career to progress, with Gremio open to the possible sale – proving their price tag is met.
What’s been said about his future?
Gremio vice-president Odorico Roman said: “I do not know of any other proposal. We had two firm approaches, from Sampdoria and Spartak.
“They were made, but Luan remains as a Gremio player at the moment.”