Arsenal were humbled by Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night, proving Mikel Arteta’s journey is only just starting and that reinforcements are needed for the Gunners before the 5 October deadline. Midfield is the priority area to strengthen with the lengthy pursuits of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
Sales are needed to fund those moves however, with the difficulty in extracting value from the sale of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi or Mesut Ozil, given the lack of suitors. A cheaper alternative midfield option could be Boubakary Soumare, with Lille ready to sell imminently.
Elsewhere, Reiss Nelson and possibly Emile Smith Rowe could earn loan moves to further develop with increased game time not available under Arteta, with Premier League clubs thought to be keen. And in defence, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Calum Chambers also appear to be available as the Gunners look to cut their squad down.
AUBA REVEALS BARCA OFFER
One of the most intriguing bits of transfer news this week has been Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s admission that he rejected Barcelona in order to extend his contract with Arsenal.
The club captain put pen to paper on a new deal earlier this month, ending a summer of speculation around his future to the delight of Gunners fans.
Alex Pattle29 September 2020 08:48
LILLE READY TO SELL ARSENAL TARGET
Lille are ready to sell Arsenal target Boubakary Soumare, the club’s president Gerard Lopez has told France Bleu.
Soumare is seen as an alternative to Thomas Partey, who is proving to be an expensive option for Mikel Arteta due to Atletico Madrid insisting on the full £45m buyout clause.
Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:08
LATEST AOUAR BID
Arsenal’s problem with Lyon for Houssem Aouar is less about meeting a daunting asking price and more about negotiating with OL.
The latest offer is thought to be £36.5m plus £9m add-ons.
But Lyon are still holding out for around £50m.
Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:05
ATLETICO DEMAND FULL CLAUSE FOR THOMAS
Atletico Madrid will not sell Thomas Partey to Arsenal for a penny less than his buyout clause.
That’s according to The Athletic, with the Gunners now left to decide whether they want to trigger the £45m clause.
The Ghanaian was only a substitute in the second half of the 6-1 win over Granada at the weekend.
Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:04