Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey interest remains, Houssem Aouar, Stephan El Shaarawy and more

Arsenal are now in a great position after building momentum on the pitch with Mikel Arteta’s ideas, with the Spaniard instilling newfound harmony in the group. The results have been incredible with a big win over Fulham in the Premier League season opener backing up FA Cup final and Community Shield victories.

The Spaniard wants more talent though, especially in midfield, with funds short and sales likely to help him land his No 1 target: Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid. The attack now has incredible depth, with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe on the bench against Fulham as new signing Willian lined up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

There is more to come before the deadline, both in and out: Emi Martinez will join Aston Villa, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac also have uncertain futures. Houssem Aouar continues to be linked, with the Lyon star likely the dream signing at this stage.

WORRYING RUNARSSON NUMBERS

Arsenal are close to completing a cut-price deal for Dijon’s Runar Alex Runarsson to replace Emiliano Martinez, according to reports. 

Icelandic outlet DV claim the 25-year-old underwent a medical yesterday ahead of a £1.5 million move. 

Gunarsson is admired by Inaki Cana, Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach, who we worked with at Nordsjaelland. 

But not all signs about the transfer are positive. WhoScored highlight the fact that Runarsson has the worst save percentage of any goalkeeper to have played over 20 games in Ligue 1 since the start of the 2018/19 season. 

BENRAHMA WOULD PREFER ARSENAL MOVE

Said Benrahma may be holding out for interest from Arsenal, according to 90 min.

Crystal Palace are widely reported to be interested in the talented Brentford winger, and ready to match his rumoured £25 million asking price. 

But a deal does not seem to be close to completion just yet, and 90 min speculate that Benrahma will be hopeful of a swoop from Mikel Arteta, who was tentatively linked with the Algerian earlier this summer. 

TORINO IN TORREIRA TALKS

Sky Sports are reporting Torino’s interest in taking Lucas Torreira on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy. 

The deal would see the Serie A club pay £22 million for the Uruguayan, across two instalments, and the 24-year-old reunited with his former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo. 

Arsenal would reportedly reinvest the fee in a midfielder, with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico’s Thomas Partey strongly linked. 

TORINO IN TORREIRA TALKS

Sky Sports are reporting Torino’s interest in taking Lucas Torreira on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy. 

The deal would see the Serie A club pay £22 million for the Uruguayan, across two instalments, and the 24-year-old reunited with his former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo. 

Arsenal would reportedly reinvest the fee in a midfielder, with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico’s Thomas Partey strongly linked. 

WEST HAM TURN TO HOLDING

West Ham are reportedly considering Rob Holding as an alternative to James Tarkowski should their bid for the Burnley defender fail.

The Hammers have seen multiple bids for Tarkowski rejected and are in dire need of reinforcement in defence. 

The report claims they would be prepared to pay a significant fee, of up to £5 million, to take Holding on loan for the season. 

Holding looked set for a move to Newcastle earlier this window, before Arsenal backed out of the deal. 

The 24-year-old started the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Fulham last weekend.

ARSENAL TO BUILD AROUND AOUAR

Mikel Arteta is intent on building his Arsenal side around £55 million target Houssem Aouar, report ESPN. 

Arsenal are in the market for a creative midfielder, and are keen to raise funds through the sale of Lucas Torreira. 

Chance creation was a major issue last season, with Mesut Ozil Arsenal’s second most prolific player – despite featuring in less than half of the Gunners’ games. 

Arsenal must reportedly fend off interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City for Aouar. 

ESPN claim they have already failed in a cash-plus-player bid for the 22-year-old involving Matteo Guendouzi. 

Aouar shone as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-final in Lisbon, notching four assists in eight games along the way. 

RUNARSSON HAS MEDICAL

Runar Alex Runarsson reportedly underwent a medical yesterday ahead of completing a £1.5 million move to Arsenal.

Icelandic tabloid DV claim Runarsson will sign a five-year deal and replace Emiliano Martinez as back-up to Bernd Leno. 

Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana worked with Dijon stopper Runarsson at his former club Nordsjaelland. 

Runarsson did not feature in Dijon’s matchday squad for their 2-0 loss to Brest last weekend. 

RUNARSSON DEAL A BARGAIN

Arsenal have reportedly done a deal for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson worth just £1.5m according to TalkSPORT.

It’s a deal that would open up significant funds for the Gunners to go after Mikel Arteta’s most likely targets, Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.

Current Arsenal No. 2, Emi Martinez, is heading to Aston Villa for £20m and a surplus on the Runarsson deal would chip away at the £45m asking price for Partey.

Lucas Torreira’s rumoured move could be made permenant with a sale reportedly going to earn Arsenal another £21m. 

In 2018, Dijon’s chief scout, Sebastien Larcier, said of Runarsson: “When we discovered his profile, the interest was immediately strong.

“He is technically talented, he is not afraid to play high and has very good footwork.

“In addition, he has the temperament and charisma.”

ATLETICO MADRID NOT BUDGING ON PARTEY

Arsenal are keen on bring the 27-year-old to the Emirates this summer but the asking price to trigger his release clause stands at £45m. 

It’s a price the Gunners are struggling to meet after already spending £27m on Gabriel Magalhaes this transfer window. 

Mikel Arteta reportedly wants Thomas Partey at the club and is willing to let Lucas Torreira go out on loan to create room in the squad with a move to Italy rumoured for the Uruguayan. 

The 24-year-old spent his entire career in Serie A before moving to the Premier League and according to the Daily Star Fiorentina and Torino are both interested in the midfielder.

ARSENAL JOIN MOVE TO BRING EL SHAARAWY BACK TO EUROPE

Stephan El Shaarawy is set to move back to Europe from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

The former AC Milan and Roma star is just 27 and looking to secure a loan move to January, motivated by logistics surrounding the necessary quarantine period due to Covid-19. 

Italy play in October and November, so a loan deal will suit everybody involved, and Arsenal are in the race alongside: Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

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