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Brazilian news outlet Zero Hora are reporting that Arsenal and Liverpool are still very keen on signing Gremio striker Luan despite the 24-year-old seemingly close to sealing a deal for Spartak Moscow.
Gremio are said to be negotiating a deal with Spartak but nothing seems to be coming out of the talks after the Russian club wanted to pay for the forward in a larger number of instalments than the Brazilian side would like.
Speaking today about Luan’s situation today (quotes via the Daily Star), the club’s vice president Odorico Roman revealed that they have received two official offers, one from Spartak and another from Sampdoria. At this stage he said, neither Liverpool nor Arsenal have made any offer for Luan:
“I do not know of any other proposal. We had two firm approaches, from Sampdoria and Spartak. They were made, but Luan remains as a Gremio player at the moment.”
The player’s contract expires next year and Gremio are believed to be reluctant to release the player. They are said to be holding out until at least the end of the month so they bring in a replacement.