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Luiz Gustavo linked to summer move

German football magazine kicker reports that Luiz Gustavo has a release clause in his contract, which allows him to leave Wolfsburg at the end of every season.

Luiz Gustavo in action for Wolfsburg.
Luiz Gustavo has been linked with a move from Wolfsburg.

Gustavo, 26, made a surprise 20 million euros switch from Bayern Munich during the summer. The Brazil international opted for constant playing time ahead of the 2014 World Cup in his native Brazil rather than a move to Arsenal, who were also interested in the holding midfielder.

The Brazil international has settled quickly in his new surroundings with Wolfsburg taking 13 out of a possible 15 points in recent weeks to move up to fifth in the Bundesliga table.

On Thursday, kicker reported that Gustavo could leave the Wolves after only one season, if other clubs make a move for the midfielder.

Spanish media recently linked Gustavo with Barcelona, who were already interested in the Brazilian in 2011 during Gustavo’s time at Bayern. "That’s an old story," Gustavo told kicker. "But nonetheless I am delighted if such things are brought up."

While Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs did not confirm a release clause in Gustavo’s contract until 2018, he said that the club would carefully consider offers for any of their players.

"Nobody has a not-for-sale sign on him, even at Wolfsburg," Allofs told kicker. "For me, it is a matter of course that we signal we will deal with any enquiry that is reasonable from a sporting and economical point of view."

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