With a week to go until the transfer deadline, Arsenal continue to prepare for further additions to their squad.
Following Monday night’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool, the Gunners can focus their attention on principal targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.
Runar Alex Runarsson became the club’s latest signing last week, with the Icelandic goalkeeper completing a move from Dijon, but Mikel Arteta may yet need the higher-ups to offload some fringe players to free up funds for the players at the top of his list.
We’ve got the latest on some potential departures as Arsenal attempt to make one last push to bring their midfield targets to north London.
Mustafi exit looks to be drawing closer
Arsenal are well-stocked at centre-back, and this has been bad news for Shkodran Mustafi.
The German worked his way back into the team at the end of last season, but the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and return of William Saliba have helped ensure he is surplus to requirements.
He has not featured at all this season, and reports from Italy suggest a departure is drawing ever closer.
According to Lazio Press, via football.london, the former Valencia man has agreed personal terms with Lazio ahead of a Serie A switch. The report claims the only thing left is an agreement over bonuses.
Mustafi spent more than two years in Italy earlier in his career, playing 51 Serie A games for Sampdoria, and would join a Lazio side preparing for a Champions League campaign after last season’s fourth-placed finish.
Lacazette approach ‘comfortably below’ asking price
Arsenal are continuing to make efforts to raise transfer funds in order to bring in their targets, but one move which looks unlikely involves Alexandre Lacazette and Roma.
The France striker had been linked with Atletico Madrid before the Spanish club sealed a move for Luis Suarez, but interest remains from elsewhere.
According to The Athletic, Roma expressed an interest in the 29-year-old, who cost Arsenal £47m back in 2017.
However, the amount floated by the Italian club has reportedly fallen “comfortably below” the amount the Gunners want for the striker, so much so that the deal is not expected to move any further.
Roma have already signed one player from Arsenal this summer, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining after a successful loan spell in the Italian capital, but this one does not look to have legs.
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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira continues to be linked with a move away from North London, but it appears the Uruguayan will not be joining Torino before next week’s transfer deadline.
Toro coach Marco Giampaolo was Torreira’s boss at Sampdoria, prompting talk of a reunion, but the Italian club’s sporting director Davide Vagnati has revealed the move is off.
“Torreira is a top player but his price is too high,” Vagnati said of the £20m-rated midfielder, as reported by football.london.
“It’s difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”
Torreira cost Arsenal £26m back in 2018, and has played 63 league games for the club, but fell out of favour under Arteta towards the end of last season and has not featured this term.
The 24-year-old has also been linked with Atletico Madrid as Arsenal continue to push for Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey, but no taker has been found with the deadline drawing ever closer.