Arsenal are planning to reignite their pursuit of Douglas Luiz in the coming windows, with the player keen to make the switch from Aston Villa.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa celebrates scoring their side's first goal with teammate Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa celebrates scoring their side’s first goal with teammate Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Football Insider report that Arsenal’s failure to agree a deadline-day deal with Aston Villa for Douglas Luiz hasn’t put them off the idea of signing the player completely, and they’re planning to return for him in January.

According to the report, Arsenal remain in talks with Luiz’s representatives, and the player has told friends he’s keen to join the Gunners and would still like a deal to happen.

Villa want the midfielder to sign a new contract, but they’ve been unsuccessful in their attempts so far.

The Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season, so Villa will have to sell in January or lose him for free unless that changes.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Phil Foden of Manchester City battles for possession with Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on September 03, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Phil Foden of Manchester City battles for possession with Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on September 03, 2022. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see how hard Arsenal push to sign Luiz in January.

Much of the drive behind this summer’s bid seemed to stem from the injuries to Mikel Arteta’s senior midfielders, who will hopefully be fit again long before January.

So if Arsenal return for Luiz anyway, it will be indicative of how highly they rate him. If they don’t, it suggests he was more of a short-term solution to an immediate problem.

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