Liverpool failed with 'late move' for Douglas Luiz after Arsenal see £20m bid rejected

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Liverpool are thought to have failed in their last-ditch attempts to land Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz before Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline. The Brazilian is understood to be pushing to join Arsenal, who saw a £20million offer rejected by the West Midlands club earlier in the day.

Jurgen Klopp recently backtracked on his stance that the Reds didn’t require any midfield reinforcements this summer after seeing injuries take their toll on his squad. Last week, the German confirmed Liverpool would in fact look to add to their midfield ranks before the transfer window closes and it seems they have considered a number of targets.

They are understood to be in talks with Juventus over a season-long loan deal for Arthur Melo, but it appears he isn’t the only Brazilian midfield option Klopp’s side have pushed to sign. According to Sky Sports, Liverpool also made a late move for Aston Villa enforcer Luiz.

The 24-year-old, who has entered the final year of his contract with Villa, has become the subject of a deadline day transfer tug-of-war, with Arsenal determined to capture his services. The Gunners are understood to have lodged a £20m offer for the midfielder on Thursday morning, but that initial bid was rejected with Villa thought to be unwilling to sell Luiz this summer.

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As for Liverpool, it appears Klopp’s side have settled on adding Arthur – a player Arsenal were looking to sign back in January – to their ranks before the window closes. The 26-year-old joined Juventus from Barcelona back in 2020 as the Spanish giants sought to rebalance their books, however he ultimately failed to make his mark in Turin.

Having missed out on Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid earlier in the window, Liverpool parked plans to add a new all-action midfielder to their squad until next summer. However, injuries to Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Thiago and now Jordan Henderson have forced the Reds to dip back into the market.

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