Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen still, though the Spaniard is also in need of slimming down his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on 5 October, with negotiations dragging on over several deals to freshen up his midfield.
Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi look set to be moved on, which would clear enough space and, hopefully in the eyes of the Gunners, raise enough funds to move for their midfield priorities: Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, who are both expensive.
Neither Atletico Madrid or Lyon appear willing to be flexible over their valuations, meaning the Gunners must sell first, though interest in Guendouzi has failed to pick up and Serie A clubs appear reluctant to offer more than an initial loan for the Uruguayan Torreira – here are the latest news, rumours and updates surrounding the Emirates.
McGUINNESS JOINS IPSWICH
Mark McGuinness has joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan.
The 19-year-old defender signed his first professional deal last year.
Now the Gunners will hope the Irish youth international will take a big step on loan in League One.
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 08:47
SALIBA SET FOR ARSENAL DEBUT
William Saliba is finally set to make his Arsenal debut in the Carabao Cup this evening, having been left out of Mikel Arteta’s first two squads.
The defender, who spent last season on loan at St Etienne, having been signed for around £27m by Arsenal, is considered one of France’s brightest talents.
“I think William is doing really well,” Arteta said. “He is adapting to the country, adapting to our club. We have to bear in mind that he had a really challenging season last year with the amount of injuries that he had.
“But he is a player that is going to be really important in our future, things sometimes take some time and we have to respect that.”
Tom Kershaw23 September 2020 08:40
LEEDS AGREE LLORENTE DEAL
Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, the La Liga club have said.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed but British media reported Leeds would shell out up to 20 million pounds ($25.44 million) for the 27-year-old centre back.
“Real Sociedad and Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente. The final agreement is subject to the player’s medical test,” the club said in a statement.
“Real Sociedad wants to express its thanks and affection towards Diego for the three years he has been part of our club and wishes him all the best in this new chapter of his career.”
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 08:17
ARSENAL LAUNCH NEW AOUAR BID
Arsenal will launch a new bid for Houssem Aouar, claim Le 10 Sport.
OL rejected the Gunners’ first offer, but now a fresh bid is being readied according to the report.
Mikel Arteta has long-since tracked the French midfielder, but Arsenal still need to raise funds elsewhere with unwanted squad players being pushed to the exit to boost their net spend.
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 08:13
AOUAR INTEREST HOTS UP
Arsenal face competition from a Champions League club for Houssem Aouar.
The Lyon star would then need to decide whether he prefers to play for the Gunners in the Europa League or continue to play at the top level in Europe, according to the Telegraph.
The Gunners could lean on the relationship between Edu and compatriot Juninho.
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 07:46
ARTETA WANTS PARTEY OVER AOUAR IF ARSENAL CAN ONLY SIGN ONE
Mikel Arteta would prefer to sign Thomas Partey over Houssem Aouar if Arsenal are limited to just one big upgrade in midfield this summer.
Both have been heavily linked with moves to the Emirates this summer, but the Gunners have so far struggled to raise funds and clear room in the squad to step up their initial interest – despite a reported bid knocked back for Aouar.
While Atletico are holding firm on their stance that Partey will only release their player if his release clause is met – but The Athletic claim Arteta will move first for the Atletico star before hopefully acquiring Aouar too, should funds be available.
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 07:44
GUENDOUZI NOT EYEING ARSENAL EXIT
Despite rumours, Matteo Guendouzi has not handed in a transfer request at Arsenal – that’s according to Goal, anyway.
It was first thought that French publication L’Equipe shared the news about Guendouzi following the midfielder’s apparent falling out with coach Mikel Arteta.
But that idea has been played down by Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts, who says L’Equipe were simply reacting to false rumours circulating on social media.
Alex Pattle22 September 2020 18:36
ARSENAL DEALT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BLOW
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar as they seek to raise the funds required to bring him to the Premier League.
According to The Telegraph, Aouar has been contacted by a club in the Champions League – something Arsenal cannot offer – who hope to secure a deal before the end of the window.
While the name of the Champions League side remains unknown the club has sounded out the 22-year-old to see if he would be interested in a move and are now preparing a late offer, with Lyon demanding a £54million asking price.
Juventus have been keeping tabs on the player and Bayern Munich could be in the market for a new midfielder after losing Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool.
Regardless Arsenal’s hopes of landing Aouar may be fading fast.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 17:06
LEEDS MAKING MOVE FOR CHAMBERS?
Leeds United have turned their attention to signing Calum Chambers on a season -long loan deal from Arsenal.
It’s a move that’s been welcomed by former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, Alan Hutton, who thinks it will fill the gap left by Ben White.
He told Fottball Insider:
Michael Jones22 September 2020 16:14
MORATA MOVE RUINS THE PARTEY
Arsenal will have to stump up a cool £46 million to activate the release clause for Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
However, the Italian side have recently sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus which makes them less likely to part company with Partey.
Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.
“So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.
“So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.
“But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”
Michael Jones22 September 2020 15:30