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Arsenal star Pierre Emerick Aubameyang may have landed himself in hot water after liking a controversial tweet. The tweet reads: “Aubameyang. He’s been so deserving of a team of the caliber of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool, etc … Not Arsenal for years.”

The reported £50m Man City transfer that could be bad news for Arsenal and Sokratis

The summer transfer window shuts in just over a week, and Premier League clubs are beginning to make major moves with deadline day fast approaching.

Arsenal have been one of the more active clubs thus far – signing no less than four players.

Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Alex Runarsson have all been added to Mikel Arteta’s squad on permanent deals, while Dani Ceballos has returned for another loan spell from Real Madrid.

Despite those arrivals, the Gunners are still in the market for more additions.

Central midfield is thought to be a priority for Arteta and there have been links to the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Chelsea’s Jorginho.

In fact, footballsocial.online understands the north London outfit are ready to increase their offer to £36.5million (€40million) for Aouar with a further £9million in potential add-ons (€10million).

However, it would appear that Sokratis to Napoli has hit the rocks as Manchester City – who were linked with a move for Kalidou Koulibaly – are closing in on the signing of another central defender.

According to the Mail, a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias is close to completion and the Portugal international effectively confirmed his pending departure after the 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday.

“This was a special moment for me and I think everyone understands why,” he told Benfica TV. “I’m very happy of course, it was a very important game for me and being able to mark this game with a goal was very special. I believe that everyone already has a idea of why I hugged Rui Costa.”

Martin Keown has labelled Arsenal’s plan to sell Lucas Torreira a “massive mystery”.

The Uruguay international was signed during the Unai Emery era at Arsenal and was largely a shining light in his Gunners side.

Atletico Madrid's stance on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has now emerged

But Torreira found regular football harder to come by towards the end of Emery’s tenure, and now under Mikel Arteta the midfielder is largely a forgotten man.

Arsenal have been linked with attacking midfielders in recent weeks, with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar among the players high on the club’s wishlist.

And Keown wonders whether Torreira – who has been linked with Partey’s current club Atletico Madrid – is merely being offered up as a sweetener to get that deal done.

 

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