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Houssem Aouar makes Arsenal his choice, Mikel Arteta makes decision between Houssem Aouar & Thomas Partey, Arsenal suffer £10m transfer blow



Arsenal midfielder in a tug-of-war with two Italian teams

Roma have joined the race to sign Lucas Torreira, according to Tuttosport (via Sports Witness) .

The Uruguayan midfielder joined Arsenal from Sampdoria but has found first-team opportunities limited under Mikel Arteta of late.

The club are now open to selling the midfielder, and they have fielded interest from Torino, Fiorentina, and now Roma.

Torino were leading the race and wanted to agree an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player if certain goals were met.

The report states that Arsenal are unconvinced by that proposal, and that has seen Tuttosport claim that Roma have entered the chase for Torreira.

French star makes Arsenal feelings clear, with £36m-plus bid ‘imminent’

Lyon’s Houssem Aouar would like to join Arsenal, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta is keen to revamp his midfield options this summer and has identified the 22-year-old as a prime target.

According to Telefoot Chaine, the Gunners are preparing a bid for him, and the midfielder is keen to relocate to North London.

The report states the bid will be in excess of £36million, although it has been stated previously that the French club would demand a minimum of £40million for the talented midfielder.

This news comes days after Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed the club had not received any offers for the midfielder.

Mikel Arteta makes decision between Houssem Aouar & Thomas Partey

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will prioritise a move for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar over Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey if his budget forces him into a straight decision between the two players.

The Gunners have signed the likes of Willian, Pablo Mari and Gabriel so far this summer, as well as tying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new long-term deal. Arteta wants to make at least two further additions to his squad with Partey, the Ghana international, a leading target. The midfielder has a £45m release clause in his Atletico contract and he’s keen on a move to the Emirates.

However, Arteta has been told he must sell before he can buy again and the club have desperately been trying to raise funds by offloading some of their deadwood.

Emiliano Martinez has joined Aston Villa in a £20m deal and Arteta will be given the money to reinvest in his squad. But Lyon value Aouar at around £60m and he could command wages of around £100,000-a-week. Should Arsenal try to finance deals for Aouar and Partey, the club are looking of an outlay of £130m on the pair’s transfers and wages.

That’s not something that the Gunners’ board are comfortable with sanctioning in the current financial climate and the Guardian claim Arteta will prioritise a move for Aouar if he has to choose between the two players.

Mohamed Elneny started in the 3-0 win against Fulham and Arteta has spoke glowingly of the Egyptian, meaning he could be set for an extended stay in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. That means Partey’s dream move may be put on hold, though Atletico have consistently asked him to sign a new deal to remove the release clause in his contract.

Arsenal suffer £10m transfer blow as Mikel Arteta seeks Emiliano Martinez replacement

Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news their bid for David Raya has been rejected by Brentford, according to reports.

The Gunners sanctioned the departure of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this week, and that has left Mikel Arteta in need of a replacement.

They had identified Raya as the ideal candidate, but his current club Brentford have rejected a £10million offer, according to The Telegraph .

The Spaniard arrived at the club last summer from Blackburn Rovers and is considered one of the best shot-stoppers in the Championship.

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