A day after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Hanz Rumenigge stated that Bayern Munich had closed the door on this transfer window, that little tidbit of information has been blown asunder as reports today have indicated that the swirling rumors of a Luis Gustavo transfer away from the Allianz Arena have some legs.
Kicker has quotes from Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Hanz Rumenigge that the Bavarian club has given permission for VfL Wolfsburg to talk with Gustavo before any transfer fee talks begin.
"If Wolfsburg agree with him, (there) will be more conversations" Rummenigge explained. (Kicker, translated from German)
Rumenigge also went on to reveal that there are also potential suitors in England, Spain and Russia for the Brazilian international, adding mystery and intrigue. While no details on any teams are given, it’s a pretty easy line to believe since Luiz Gustavo walks into the starting 11 of almost any club in Europe.
This shouldn't be a shock given Gustavo’s complete absence from any Bayern friendly or competitive match so far this season, coupled together with the fact that Pep hasn't shown any inclination so far to play with classic holding midfielder, despite the presence of two of the best on the planet on his squad. We've read the signs; we've speculated; we've seen the hints; and now we have the quotes. While opinions on whether Bayern needs Luiz Gustavo range from "No" to "selling him starts with I- and ends with -diocy", it’s beginning to look clear that we should be very surprised to see Luis Gustavo in red come September 1st.