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Gustavo snubs Arsenal for Wolfsburg

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August 15, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Gustavo to Wolfsburg

Luiz Gustavo has turned down Arsenal to sign for Wolfsburg from Bayern Munich for a reported fee of around £17 million.

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.

He had been strongly linked with Arsenal - who are in the market for signings and were believed to have bid a similar amount as Wolfsburg - but 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, after winning the Confederations Cup with Brazil this summer.

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

Klaus Allofs, the Wolfsburg general manager, told Bild: "We are delighted that we have Luiz with us."

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