Arsenal are have seen a second bid for Douglas Luiz rejected, 90min understands, with Aston Villa are adamant that the Brazilian is not for sale.
An opening offer was turned down earlier on deadline day and Villa have stood firm to reject this second bid, believed to be worth £23m plus add-ons.
Director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta are pushing hard to get a deal over the line for the 24-year-old, who has entered the final year of his contract, but 90min understands that Villa are determined to block Luiz's exit.
Steven Gerrard has publicly admitted that he wants to keep Luiz around for the remainder of the season, although he did acknowledge that the midfielder's expiring contract may force the club's hand if a sizeable offer arrives.
Arsenal are trying to take advantage of that and it is believed that Luiz is keen to make the move, but Villa are determined to rebuff all interest in the Brazilian and were unimpressed by the value of Arsenal's latest offer.
Meanwhile, Villa are looking to bolster their midfield with the signing of Belgium international Leander Dendoncker from Wolverhampton Wanderers.