Gustavo comes onto the Red Devils’ radar.
Manchester United are beginning to become desperate in their quest for new midfielders, but Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo now looks like a realistic option.
Although more defensively minded than the other midfield targets new United boss David Moyes has been looking at, Gustavo would provide some steel in the middle of the park.
With the 26-year-old sitting in front of the back four it would free up Michael Carrick to become more open with his passing, whilst Moyes regards 2013/14 as the season Tom Cleverley really kicks on and makes an impact at Old Trafford.
Gustavo has become disillusioned at Bayern since the arrival of both Mario Goetze and Thiago Alcantara this summer, which has made the Brazilian worry for his place.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez already at the Bundesliga champions it could prove difficult for the midfielder to break the first team this term and he has openly admitted to thinking about a move.
“I am very happy at Bayern. I have two years left on my contract, but you don’t know what will happen until August 31,” the Brazil international was quoted on goal.com.
Gustavo would probably set Moyes back between £15m and £20m, but for a South American international with bags of experience in the Champions League, that is a relatively reasonable price.
The midfielder joined Bayern two years ago from Hoffenheim in a deal worth nearly £15m and has gone onto make 100 appearances for the German champions in all competitions.
However, if the club were to make their money back on Gustavo then a deal could certainly be struck with United.