Arsenal is now set to face a battle for the signature of Athletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey with fellow Premier League side, Chelsea.
The Blues are now been linked with the young midfielder as Arsenal hopes to do some business before the window shuts on Monday night.
As Lucas Torreira plans to move to Athletico Madrid after passing his medicals, Arsenal will need to replace him. Time is also running out for the Gunners to make any further additions to their squad.
Having signed Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, William Saliba, Arsenal needs a top creative midfielder, which they have been lacking in the middle of the park.
With Torreira out on loan, the Gunners are hopeful of concluding several deals this summer, alongside moving on a few of their current first-team squad.
According to reports from the Spanish media, Athletico is operating on a tight budget and wants nothing less than 45m Pounds for the Ghanian midfielder. The club is also waiting for offers for Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera.
With Chelsea surfacing as another club that is interested in the lad, there could be some drama from now till the deadline day.
Other Arsenal options
Meanwhile, Arsenal has other options to Partey as the club doesn’t have such financial power to get the deal over the line.
As new signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes have hit the ground running, Mikel Arteta still wants a midfielder and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is another alternative on his list.
Aouar has been a prime transfer target for Arsenal. However, the French club has ruled out his exit this window.
According to RMC Sport, Aouar is still in France and is in the club’s squad to face Marseille this weekend. The club has also said in a media briefing that he will not be leaving in this transfer window, and neither will his teammate Memphis Depay.
Although, this is the norm, but the player could be a last minute signing. Such was the case with Alexandre Lacazette. The club had said the striker is not for sale, but he ended up joining Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal still have Mesut Ozil and Mattéo Guendouzi as further options that could reintegrated into the squad.
Other Arsenal transfer news
Indications have also shown that Everton could sign Arsenal defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos before the window shuts. This is following a recent report that also suggested that the Toffees are on the verge of signing Norwich City central defender Ben Godfrey.
It was gathered that the Toffees are on the market for the player – who is into the final year of his contract at North London and the 32-year-old is now well down the pecking order at the Emirates. So, an exit in the next few days looks likely.