• Arsenal ready to pay £25m for midfielder, who wanted move
  • Villa stand firm even though Luiz’s deal expires next summer

Arsenal have failed with a late attempt to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa, who are understood to have rejected three offers for the Brazil midfielder.

Mikel Arteta had been seeking extra depth with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny sidelined through injury. Luiz was keen on the switch but Villa would not sanction his departure even though he will be out of contract next summer. Arsenal were willing to pay £25m for the 24-year-old but Villa, who have lost four of their first five league games, stood their ground.

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