8.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey boost, Diawara-Torreira swap, Gabriel Magalhaes LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes, as fans eagerly await a formal announcement.

And the Gunners could have a boost in their pursuit of Thomas Partey, with Atletico Madrid reportedly going through some financial difficulties.

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  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey remains one of Arsenal's main transfer targets this summer, but fresh doubt has been cast on the move by the star's spokesperson.

    Speaking on Football 360, Samuel Zigah, said: “He can only leave Atletico Madrid when he's not needed.”

    In other news, Matteo Guendouzi was set to be leaving Arsenal this summer, but boss Mikel Arteta has given him the chance to stay if he wants to.

    Arteta said: “What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.”

    Meanwhile, Italian giants Juventus have asked Arsenal about the possibility of signing Hector Bellerin, and the Gunners are reportedly willing to sell.

    According to Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal have told Juventus that Bellerin is available for sale for £27million.

    And finally, Arsenal seem set to sell goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have put a £20million price-tag on the Argentinian's head.

    Martinez is open to a move away as he longs to be Argentina's first-choice shot-stopper.

  • MAT-TER OF TIME

    Tottenham have agreed a fee “in the region” of £15million for Wolves right-back Matt Doherty, reports claim.

    Wolves could now step up their pursuit of Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles to replace Doherty.

    according to Sky Sports, Spurs will soon bolster their ranks with the signing of Doherty, 28.

    The 6ft ace joined the East Midlands club from Irish side Bohemians for just £75,000 back in 2010.

  • BRAGGING RIGHTS

  • STRIKE THE RIGHT DEAL

    Premier League sides are spoilt rotten with options if they are looking for a proven striker with European experience.

    Out of favour Barcelona star Luis Suarez, former Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain, unattached Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa have all been linked with shock moves to the Premier League.

    But which out of the experienced veterans would be the best bet for an English side?

    SunSport delves into some of the key stats surrounding the four.

  • LUC IS OUT

    Lucas Torreira's agent has revealed the Arsenal midfielder has no official offers on the table from potential suitors.

    Pablo Bentacur said: ““There are many requests (for Torreira), but there is still nothing official.

    “I have received many queries but we have nothing official on the table.

    “The player is training with Arsenal. The coach (Mikel Arteta) has to make a decision if he really needs Torreira or not, but all this press talks about is more publicity than reality.

    “Today the market is a bit stuck, official offers, I repeat, there are none.”

  • TV TIMES

  • FIVE ALIVE

    The Premier League ‘battle of the bench’ will rumble on until next week – just days before the start of the season. 

    Top sides featuring Manchester United, City, Liverpool and Arsenal are still trying to get the numbers to put the issue of FIVE subs back in the agenda for the next campaign.

    The group has grown but is not enough to get it to a majority but they hope to have that by Friday when they are due to raise it formally. 

    Some clubs are being tempted by the option of joining in despite the obvious advantages for the bigger squad. 

    One leading executive said: “The majority is still in favour of sticking with three subs. But a couple are now seeing the argument behind expanding it.”

  • COR BLIMEY

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

    According to L'Equipe, the Lyon ace will not feature against Dijon tonight.

    And he will also now be replaced in the France's national team squad.

  • AMADOU IT

    Arsenal are edging closer to signing £27million Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports.

    The Serie A side are keen to offload some stars in order to fund their own spending spree and the Ghanaian is one they are reportedly happy to let go.

    Diawara – who played 30 games in all competitions during the 2019/20 season – only joined Roma from Napoli last summer.

    But he could be on the way to the Emirates for the same fee the North Londoners are set to pay for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

  • MARTINEZ MOVE

    Arsenal seem set to sell goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez this summer it has been reported.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have put a £20million price-tag on the Argentinian's head.

    Martinez wouldn't mind moving away from The Emirates if it means that he could get regular football to achieve his dream of becoming Argentina's number-one keeper.

  • ITALIAN JOB

    Italian club Napoli are reportedly planning a raid for Arsenal duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

    Napoli are looking to bolster their defence and the defensive pair seem to tick the right boxes for them.

    The duo both have previous Serie A experience so will have no problem fitting into the league.

  • BELLE ITALIA

    Italian giants Juventus have asked Arsenal about the possibility of signing hector Bellerin, and the Gunners are willing to sell reports say.

    According to Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal have told Juventus that Bellerin is available for sale for £27million.

    The Bellerin sale will raise funds for Arsenal's pursuit for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

  • MARTINELLI SEALS DEAL

    Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has penned a five-year deal with the club.

    Speaking on the deal he said: “I have just signed a five-year contract here and I will stay five years here, and if they renew with me again I will stay at this club, I love, I love this club. I dream of winning the league and the Champions League here.”

    His enthusiasm will excite fans who saw the 18 year-old score 10 goals in 15 starts in his impressive debut season

  • NEW COACHING STAFF

    Arsenal have announced changes to Mikel Arteta's coaching and backroom staff.

    Andreas Georgson and Miguel Molina have joined the club from Brentford and Atletico Madrid respectively, and will be part of Arteta's coaching team following the departures of Freddie Ljungberg and Sal Bibbo.

    Adding to this list of changes will be Jordan Reece who replaces Chris Morgan on the physio team.

  • FRESH STARTS

    Matteo Guendouzi was set to be leaving Arsenal this summer, but boss Mikel Arteta has given him the chance to stay if he wants to.

    Speaking on Guendozi, Arteta said: “What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.”

    So now the ball will be in Guendozi's court on if he's willing to stay or go to another club.

  • PARTEY BOMBSHELL

    Thomas Partey is one of Arsenal's main transfer targets this summer, but fresh doubt has been cast on the move by the star's spokesperson.

    Speaking on Football 360,Samuel Zigah, Partey’s spokespersonsaid: “He can only leave Atletico Madrid when he's not needed.”

    This news is bound to rock Arsenal wfans who thought they'd see Partey in a Gunners shirt next season.

  • AOUAR MOVE

    Lyon star Houssem Aouar has been linked with a move to Arsenal in their quest for a central midfielder.

    According to French outlet L'Equipe, Arsenal made an offer of cash plus Matteo Guendouzi for the 22-year-old midfielder last week.

    The report also claims that Lyon rejected Aresnal's bid as they would prefer a cash-deal, and do not need an additional midfielder in their squad right now.

  • COVID CHAOS

    Mikel Arteta, ,who was one of the first football-related Coronavirus cases in March, believes there could be more disruption to the league due to the pandemic.

    Speaking ahead of Arsenal's Community Shield clash with Liverpool, Arteta said: “I think we are going to have many more cases in the future unfortunately.

    “You are just planning to do something and then that player tests positive, and that positive was a false positive.

    “We are trying to get used to it, get around it, and trying to manage the situation as well as we can.

    “There is not much we can do and we know that there are some uncertainties we cannot control at the moment.”

  • WIL TOO HIGH

    Wilfried Zaha is reportedly determined to leave Crystal Palace this summer, but will Arsenal go in again for the forward after they missed out on him last summer?

    Palace have placed a £70million fee on their academy product, which could well dissuade the Gunners from making a move.

  • WILL HE STAY, OR WILL HE GO?

    There's a bit of to and fro over Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Arsenal.

    While Mikel Arteta is keen to hold onto the versatile 22-year-old, the powers that be at Arsenal are open to selling him to generate funds.

    The Gunners have already reportedly turned down a £15million offer from Wolves, as they need a bigger pot of cash to land their transfer targets.

  • DON'T ARS, YOU DON'T GET

    It's no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder and reportedly have their eye on Amadou Diawara.

    The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Roma, who he joined last summer from Napoli, but the Gunners would need to stump up £27million in order to bring him board.

    Diawara is viewed as a possibly alternative to their No.1 target Thomas Partey, as Atletico Madrid look to be pricing Arsenal out of the deal.

  • TRICKY BUSINESS

    Arsenal kick off their season against Fulham on September 12, but their first game against one of the big six comes on September 26 when they travel to Anfield.

    Which newbies will Mikel Arteta have on board by then?

    The Arsenal boss is confident that, despite a slow start, they will get the bulk of their business done soon.

    So far, Willian is the only signing made by the Gunners, but Gabriel Magalhaes' arrival is thought to be imminent.

    Arteta knows he needs to boost his midfield and has an eye on Marseille's Morgan Sanson, as Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey could prove to be too expensive.

    Houssem Aouar, currently plying his trade with Lille, has emerged as another possibility.

  • REAL CONFUSION

    Dani Ceballos reportedly wants a move to Real Betis, despite Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believing he wants to stay at the Emirates.

    The midfielder joined the Gunners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer and showed flashes of his talent.

    Despite the 24-year-old reportedly telling his parent club that he'd like to join Real Betis, Arteta believes that he'd rather stay with the North London outfit.

    He said: “Well, we have had some talks and Dani knows really well what I think about him.

    He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us, but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.

    But he’s a player that we are interested in because we really saw, in the last few months of the season, what he is capable of bringing to us.”

  • SPURNED

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not have signed a new contract yet, but he's shown his loyalty to Arsenal by dissing their North London rivals.

    During a livestream on Twitch, where the Gabon international was playing Fortnite, a Gunners fan popped up with a cheeky question about Spurs.

    The former Borussia Dortmund star replied: “What do we think of Tottenham? Ha. S**t, we know.”

  • WINDOW SHOPPING

    Here's a reminder of the business done by Arsenal so far.

    In

    • William Saliba (Saint-Etienne) £27m
    • Willian (Chelsea) Free
    • Pablo Mari (Flamengo) £4.2m
    • Cedric Soares (Southampton) Undisclosed

    Out

    • Trae Coyle (Gillingham) Loan
    • Tobi Omole (Released)
    • Dinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart) Loan
    • Zech Medley (Gillingham) Loan
    • Matt Smith (Swindon) Loan
    • Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff) Loan

    Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his defence this summer, with Arsenal expected to announce the signing of Lille ace Gabriel Magalhaes.

    In terms of players departing the Emirates, there are also reports of Hector Bellerin leaving for Juventus and Ainsley Maitland-Niles heading to Wolves.

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