Arsenal have until 11pm tonight on transfer deadline day to sign a new midfielder to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad, and the clock is ticking. Arteta has overseen a huge improvement in the team over recent months, winning the FA Cup and starting strongly in the Premier League, but knows money is tight and he may not get the likes of Thomas Partey, Houssem Aouar or Jorginho to take his squad to the next level.
Partey is the most likely option today as Arsenal have some leverage with Atletico Madrid, given Atletico are hoping to seal a loan deal for the out of favour Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira. However, Atletico are demanding Partey’s release clause of £45m must be activated before any transfer for the 27-year-old Ghanaian international can be sanctioned, and that has put off the Arsenal hierarchy who want to sell players before they buy.
Negotiations for Aouar appear at breaking point and it is unclear whether Arsenal will go back in today for one final attempt to pick off one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe. Lyon want £54m to close the deal and the Gunners are again in a position where they need to raise some money through player sales before they can consider meeting such an asking price, which could leave Arteta frustrated come the end of the day. Chelsea’s Jorginho is another option, but Arsenal are waiting to see if the Blues can capture West Ham’s Declan Rice first, which would see them free up space in the squad to sell Jorginho to the Gunners. Follow all the latest news, rumours and gossip below:
James Olley of the Evening Standard is reporting that Thomas Partey is only now taking his medical, after the payment for his release clause has been made.
Previous reports suggested that was already done and the midfielder was en route to England.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 19:15
ATLETI INFORMED OF PARTEY PAYMENT
LaLiga have communicated to Atletico Madrid that the deposit has been made for Thomas Partey’s release clause, says Goal’s Charles Watts.
The Spanish side apparently knew nothing about it until then.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 19:08
BeIN commentator Sulaiman Folarin reports that Atletico Madrid offered Thomas Partey a new contract this morning, which he rejected as the salary was too low.
The midfielder will join Ghana by Wednesday and return to Arsenal after the internationals.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 18:41
PARTEY MEDICAL DONE
Thomas Partey is “en route to London” and his “medical has been completed”, according to football.london’s James Benge.
The midfielder will be an Arsenal player soon, by all accounts.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 18:24
FORMER GUNNER ON THE MOVE
Not one for the current Arsenal side, but former defender Johan Djourou is on the move to Denmark.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 18:21
“I’m buzzing to start life in Berlin as a Hertha player,” says the midfielder.
He has moved to the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan from Arsenal – now he’ll seek to restore his reputation as well as his form.
Karl Matchett5 October 2020 18:12
PARTEY ARRIVES IN LONDON
Thomas Partey has arrived in London after undergoing a medical in Madrid earlier today, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Arsenal have notified Atletico of their intention to trigger the midfielder’s release clause tonight, with a deal now on the verge of being completed.
Tom Kershaw5 October 2020 18:02
Matteo Guendouzi’s loan move to Hertha Berlin has been confirmed.
The French midfielder joins the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan deal.
That’s one midfielder out. Now for the midfielder in…
Ben Burrows5 October 2020 17:34
DEFENDER MOVES TO BLACKPOOL
Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Arsenal youngster Daniel Ballard on a season-long loan.
The Northern Ireland defender spent last season on loan at Swindon Town, but suffered a serious knee injury.
The 21-year-old will spend this season on loan at the League One outfit in order to regain match fitness.
Emmet Gates5 October 2020 17:11
Talksport claim Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey will undergo his Arsenal medical in Spain today ahead of his move to the London outfit.
It seems likely that Arsenal will sign the player, after seemingly buying out his contract with Atletico.
Talksport’s Alex Crook states that Arsenal are confident of the deal going through by the close of the window tonight:
Emmet Gates5 October 2020 17:06