Mikel Arteta is still keen to strengthen Arsenal’s squad before the transfer window closes next month, with midfielders Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey still of great interest.
Both players would command a fee of at least £45m, and Arsenal must slim down their squad before they begin to bring in further reinforcements. Atletico Madrid are interested in Lucas Torreira and have agreed personal terms with the midfielder, but want to sell Hector Herrera before attempting to agree a deal with Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi’s absences remain unsolved issues, with both left out Arsenal’s Carabao Cup victory against Leicester. Arteta admitted that it is “very difficult” to see a situation in which the German playmakers works himself back into the first-team squad. Defender Calum Chambers is subject to loan interest from West Ham. Here are the latest news, rumours and updates surrounding the Emirates:
COUTINHO TO RETURN TO PREMIER LEAGUE?
The Daily Express are reporting that Arsenal are still thinking about making an offer to bring Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League.
They say the Gunners were expected to offer Barcelona a loan deal for the former Liverpool star after he returned to the Nou Camp following a season-long loan at Bayern Munich last season.
No bid came in but the Express say that Arsenal are considering one before the transfer window closes in October.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is adamant that he wants to get the best out of Coutinho, however, with Memphis Depay reportedly a target for the Spanish giants, Barca chiefs could decide to let Coutinho leave in order to make way.
Coutinho still has three years to run on his current deal, and Barcelona are unwilling to sell him on a permanent deal for less than £64million which is why Arsenal are preparing a loan move.
Any permanent move for Coutinho would be more viable next summer when the Gunners will finally be able to get Mesut Ozil off their books.
AOUAR READY FOR PREMIER LEAGUE
Houseem Aouar is ready to join the Premier League with Arsenal the favourites to sign him from Lyon.
The Gunners have been pursuing Aouar for most of the summer but they have to raise the funds necessary to meet his €60million asking price.
Something Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, says they can only do if they sell some players.
Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast Romano said:
“Obviously the club that is working to sign Aouar is Arsenal,
“We have to say that Arsenal are convinced that if they could sell some players, and they have many in [Sead] Kolasinac, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] and [Lucas] Torreira, many players to sell or loan out in the last two weeks, they can try again for Aouar.
“Lyon are asking for €60million, so it’s complicated but the player would be ready to join the Premier League, would be ready to join Arsenal.
“The player would like to come to the Premier League and to join Arsenal but for now there are no negotiations.
“In July they offered Guendouzi as part of the deal and they didn’t find an agreement.
“Now it’s up to Arsenal if they sell players, I am convinced [they will bid again].”
‘VERY DIFFICULT’ FOR OZIL TO RETURN
Mikel Arteta admitted it is “very difficult” to see Mesut Ozil returning to the first-team fold following Arsenal’s Carabao Cup victory against Leicester last night. The German was left out once again, as an impasse over his future continues to drag on.
Mesut Ozil will find it difficult to break into ‘evolving’ Arsenal team this season, says Mikel Arteta
Ozil, whose contract is set to expire next June, has not featured in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the first three games of the new campaign
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