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Luiz Gustavo joins Wolfsburg

Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo has signed for Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich for a reported fee of around €20 million.

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Gustavo, 26, has agreed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg as he looks to secure regular first-team football ahead of next year's World Cup.

The Brazil international had been strongly linked with Arsenal, who are in the market for signings, but he has opted to remain in the Bundesliga.

Following the summer arrivals of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara, Gustavo's place in the Bayern pecking order had slipped, leading to conjecture over his future.

"I need to play, play, play," Gustavo, who was also linked with Napoli and Barcelona, had said looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup.

Gustavo signed for Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2011 and helped the club claim a historic Treble last season.

Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs said in kicker: "We are delighted that we have Luiz with us."

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: "In the name of FC Bayern I would like to thank Luiz Gustavo very much for his two-and-half years at FC Bayern.

"With his calm but always friendly and professional character he has won many friends at our club. You could always rely on him and he had his part in winning the Treble for FC Bayern last season.”

Luiz Gustavo's 40 tackles in 22 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich last season.
Luiz Gustavo's 40 tackles in 22 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich last season.

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