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Live: Done deal alert, talks over swap deal with Chelsea, major Thomas Partey boost, Lucas Torreira huge deal offer



First up, there’s a done deal as the Gunners have announced the signing of new goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon in a £1million deal.

The Iceland international has caught the eye in Ligue 1 and should be a fine replacement for Emiliano Martinez as backup to first choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno.

Arsenal fans will be pleased to see the club move quickly to ensure Mikel Arteta still has decent depth in that area of the pitch.

Elsewhere, there are increasing murmurings of talks going on between Arsenal and Chelsea, possibly over a swap deal involving midfield players.

While it’s not quite clear where this transfer gossip has originated from, several reliable sources on Twitter and elsewhere online are suggesting there could be interest from Chelsea in AFC misfit Matteo Guendouzi.

The Frenchman is out of favour at the Emirates Stadium despite initially looking a promising young talent, and it’s suggested he could be on his way to Stamford Bridge as long as N’Golo Kante moves in the opposite direction.

Given that Arsenal have done a lot of business with CFC in recent times with moves for Petr Cech, David Luiz and Willian, this can’t be ruled out.

According to Madrid-based daily AS (Esp), Atletico Madrid are in talks with Arsenal over a loan move for Lucas Torreira.

It was reported last week that Diego Simeone had made contact with the Uruguayan international personally, and the Spanish side have now stepped up their attempts to bring him in on a one year loan.

Their financial situation currently makes any other kind of deal impossible, but obviously it wouldn’t provide the kind of cash-injection we’re looking for in order to strengthen our own squad.

However, the fact that Torreira is potentially moving to the same club as one of our long-standing targets, Thomas Partey, might open a door there – even if Atletico still prefer for the €50m release clause paid.

A midfielder in and a midfielder out makes sense, and as football accounting grows ever more complex, it’s not impossible to think Torreira could be used as some kind of a makeweight in a deal for the Ghanaian international. Could it be a loan at first, then some kind of swap + cash deal which makes sense for both clubs?

There remains interest in Torreira from Italy, with Torino coach Marco Giampaolo said to be keen to work with the player he had at Sampdoria.

Ultimately, much depends on the financial aspects. Not simply between the two clubs, but Torreira’s Arsenal salary is significant, and the player wants to ensure he doesn’t take a cut wherever he ends up.

Whatever the make up of the Arsenal squad this season, it feels like we’re going to be part of a big transfer chess game, in which pieces move here, there and everywhere in order to make deals happen.

The Torreira situation might be a pawn in a bigger thing on a board with square bits and white and black horses and pointy bishops, and if you’re looking for better transfer analysis than that, then I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place.

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