Arsenal transfer round-up: Arteta faces financial blow as defender deal fails

Arsenal continue their plans for a rebuild under Mikel Arteta, though it seems they have taken a step back for every two going forward this summer with finances severely restricting their ability to land first-choice targets early on.

An extended window naturally means all clubs are biding their time to an extent, but it seems that Arsenal ’s preferred signings are well-known at this point…as well as the names of those they’d rather offload.

So far it hasn’t really happened in either regard, though the free transfer signing of Willian was clearly key to Arteta’s plans, as was the signing of a new deal for Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

On the outgoing front, Emiliano Martinez’s departure to Aston Villa will now have freed up some funds, so the Gunners could make moves sooner rather than later for new signings.

Atletico negotiating for Lucas Torreira

Torreira seems certain to leave this summer

Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira is not in the plans of Arteta and there have been suggestions of him moving to Serie A for most of the summer, but now LaLiga looks a possibility too.

The Telegraph report that the Gunners are in talks with Atletico Madrid over a potential deal, though there is a disconnect between desires at present: Arsenal want at least £20 million on a permanent deal, while the Spanish club are pushing for a loan switch.

Arsenal are “locked in negotiations” over the move and it could have a knock-on effect for Arsenal’s pursuit of Thomas Partey too.

Jorginho moves to top of the wanted list

Arsenal seem determined to land another central midfielder this summer and the latest name in the frame will involve another London switch between red and blue, a fairly common path over the last few seasons.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is on the wish-list as an alternative, says Sky Sports, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, David Luiz and of course Willian having made the switch recently in one direction or the other.

Jorginho has been in the side at Stamford Bridge this season, even wearing the captain’s armband, but he is considered an option for Arsenal along with Houssem Aouar.

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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.

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Young striker could head to Sheffield United

Balogun is still wanted by the Blades

Folarin Balogun looks set to leave Arsenal sooner or later, but the Gunners are holding out for a reasonable fee for the striker.

Brighton had been keen on signing him, reports Sussex Live, but Sheffield United are the front-runners.

One bid for £3 million plus add-ons has already been rejected, with Arsenal valuing the youngster at around £8m, but “positive discussions” have taken place and there’s confidence that the Blades can agree a deal soon.

Chris Wilder has confirmed contact between the clubs, but there’s no agreement yet.

Mustafi deal off the table

One of many players the Gunners must sell this summer is centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, who is well down the list of centre-backs Arteta will turn to.

The likes of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are all ahead of Mustafi, as well as returned-from-loan William Saliba, so an exit appears his only likely route to first-team action.

Lazio were thought to be close to a deal – but they have now opted for Wesley Hoedt instead, of Southampton, according to Fabrizio Romano (via Express ).

Arsenal had been asking for near £14m for the German, with Lazio only keen on paying up to £11m.


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