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Allofs: We'll battle for Luiz Gustavo

July 22, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs has vowed to fight to sign Luiz Gustavo if the midfielder is allowed to leave Bayern Munich.

AssociatedIt remains unclear whether Gustavo will leave Bayern.

Gustavo, 25, could be on his way from the Treble-winners following their high-profile signing of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.

Reports of the Brazil international’s possible departure emerged last Wednesday when Sport Bild reported he was no longer a central part of Pep Guardiola’s plans. On Thursday, Allofs confirmed that the Lower Saxony side would make a move for Gustavo if he became available, saying: “He pretty much ticks all the boxes.”

Gustavo, returning to Germany after from an extended break following the Confederations Cup, had said: “I know nothing about this rumours. My contract ends in 2015. We will have to wait and see.”

However, it is unclear whether Gustavo – who has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal - will be allowed to leave Bayern, and any decision is unlikely to be made before the end of the month, according to kicker.

“There are a lot of obstacles, but they are not insurmountable,” Allofs told Bild. “We would try and convince him in one-to-one conversations.”

The player's fellow countrymen Diego and Naldo are already at Wolfsburg, and Naldo told kicker: “He only said positive things and could imagine joining us. He is a character we need.”

Midfielder Diego added: “He is a player that can make the difference - I am delighted we are after him, and I hope it works out.”


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