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Arsenal transfer round-up: Philippe Coutinho ‘formula’ and Thomas Partey advice

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The 2019/20 season is over for Arsenal following the FA Cup final success against Chelsea, with the club now turning their attention to the transfer window.

Willian has officially arrived from Chelsea as the Gunners prepare for next season with hopes of rejuvenating their squad, although the financial uncertainty and staggered season-end dates for clubs means that there is an added level of disarray.

However, Arsenal are said to have a few irons in the fire and are hopeful of concluding several deals this summer, alongside potentially moving on a few of their current first-team squad.

We look at all the latest transfer news surrounding the club.

Gunners ‘formula’ for Coutinho deal

Arsenal have ‘proposed a formula’ that will allow them to land playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer.

That is according to a report in Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Sport Witness, who say the Gunners hope to sign the player on a loan deal with an option to buy.

The former Liverpool playmaker’s loan deal at Bayern expires this summer and it is said that Barcelona are desperate to move him on again, with Arsenal strongly linked.

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Coutinho netted twice and provided another in a remarkable cameo against his parent club in Friday night’s incredible 8-2 victory for Bayern, bringing his future into renewed focus.

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has told talkSPORT: “We’re still waiting until the season finishes before we start talking about anything in terms of transfers. I’ve always said that he loves to play in the Premier League.

“He enjoyed his time very much and if the opportunity arises to come back to the Premier League, whether it be this year or in the future, he’s definitely looking at that.”

Partey told to reject Gunners move

Ghana national team boss Charles Akonnor has advised Thomas Partey to stay at Atletico Madrid and reject any interest from Arsenal.

The central midfielder is said to be a prime transfer target for the Gunners but Atleti are in no mood to negotiate down on his £45million release clause.

Partey has starred for Los Rojiblancos this season and would represent a significant coup for the Gunners, but Akonnor does not believe it would be a good move for the player.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,” Akonnor told Starr FM, as cited by Metro.

“With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners]. I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”

 

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