By Noel Whelan

12th Sep, 2022 | 12:47pm

Leander Dendoncker has opened the door for Arsenal to seal January signing after source's reveal - pundit

Aston Villa would be open to allowing Douglas Luiz to join Arsenal in the January transfer window.

That is the view of former Premier League striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old’s future at Villa Park.

Arsenal had numerous bids for Luiz rejected by Villa on deadline day.

Sources have told Football Insider (10 September) that the Gunners are still working on a deal to sign the centre-midfielder ahead of January.

The Brazil international is keen to move to the Emirates in the new year.

His contract with Steven Gerrard’s side expires at the end of June 2023.

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Whelan suspects Leander Dendoncker’s transfer to Villa Park has opened the door for Arsenal to seal a deal for Luiz.

“When a player is running down their contract, any club would rather get some money into the club than lose their player on a free,” he told Football Insider.

“That is for sure. No matter how much money clubs have, it is a bitter pill to swallow losing a player for free that you have paid money for. You get nothing back into the pot.

“If the two clubs are still talking and are still interested it makes more sense for everybody to do a deal in January.

“Villa brought in Dendoncker. There is another midfield player there now. That might make it a bit easier. Villa may feel they can let Luiz leave knowing that they have Dendoncker.

“If you can get money for a player that is running down their contract you take it. They would prefer to get something in than lose him on a pre-contract to a foreign club.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has claimed Arsenal have ‘no excuses’ as £23million FFP fine confirmed.