Release clause in Brazilian star’s contract becomes active now that they have exited the World Cup.
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Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been alerted to the availability of Luiz Gustavo, according to the Express, with a release clause in the player’s contract with Vfl Wolfsburg becoming active now that his country have been knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Gustavo arrived at the Bundesliga club from domestic rivals Bayern Munich to play more first team football, but the deal was with the caveat that a release clause would allow Gustavo to join one of the ‘big’ European clubs if they were willing to pay big for him.
That clause is now active after Brazil’s participation in the World Cup came to an end, alerting the three Premier League clubs, as well as possibly Real Madrid, to the availability of the former Hoffenheim man.
One of the world’s finest defensive midfielders, Gustavo plays in a position that Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all believed to be hoping to secure this summer, with all having been linked to others who appear to be on the market, such as Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
Despite Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany in their semi-final, Gustavo also had a decent World Cup, being one of few Brazilians who did not endure a tournament littered with mistakes and errors.
A tough-tackling but positionally sound central player, Gustavo would represent a fine investment for any Premier League club, but would cost a significant amount to prise away from his ambitious Bundesliga owners.