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What Simeone said about Oblak Chelsea Rumour?

Timothy Aiyeku

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has finally spoken up on the reported interest for his team’s captain Jan Oblak ahead of the summer transfer window.

Jan Oblak is being linked with a move to English Premier League outfit Chelsea with the Blues hoping to bring him to the Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga who is tipped to leave the club.

The report claims that the performance of Kepa is unacceptable and manager Frank Lampard is in search of an option as he looks to sell the club’s first choice.

Chelsea have, therefore, reported to be offering a swap deal to the Spanish club that will have Jan Oblak join the club while Kepa Arrizabalaga goes the other direction.

Atletico Madrid are reported to be uninterested in Kepa Rrizabalaga and will not seek a swap deal as they value their goalkeeper.

Now, there is the latest reaction from Diego Simeone who claims not to be surprised by the interest in Jan Oblak, adding that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world but stressed that he doesn’t hope to lose him because the shot-stopper has helped the stability of the team in their Champions League outings and they will not be ready to lose such an asset.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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How Aubameyang influenced Thomas Partey’s Arsenal decision

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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a role in convincing Thomas Partey to join the club from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid on the summer transfer deadline day.

The Ghanaian international joined the North London outfit after his £45 million release clause was activated on the transfer deadline day.

While expressing his desire to get started at the Emirates Stadium, Thomas Partey admitted that Arsenal’s will to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club for more years also helped to convince him.

According to the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, he said the decision by the Gabon international helped him to know that the club wants to achieve greater things with the big step.

It was earlier feared that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would leave the Emirates Stadium as he was attracting interests from Barcelona and other top clubs but his contract at the club was extended and his weekly wage was increased.

Pundits have earlier stated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would not have signed a new deal with the Gunners if he was not aware of an ambition to bring in quality players to the club.

So far, Arsenal have been hailed for doing good summer transfer deals, especially with the capture of Thomas Partey, Willian, and Gabriel Magalhaes.

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Lucas Torreira’s dad gives hint on future

Timothy Aiyeku

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Lucas Torreira

Arsenal have parted ways with Uruguay international Lucas Torreira on a permanent deal after he sealed a loan move to Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.

The question of if Lucas Torreira would return to Arsenal again might have been answered by his father, Ricardo who is of the opinion that his son will not stay at the Emirates Stadium to sit on the bench.

That was the situation for Lucas Torreira last season which ensured departure from the club, especially with the addition of Thomas Partey to the team and the fact that Mikel Arteta prefers the combination of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

Ricardo maintained that his son is a very passionate player who gives his all to the team but it did not count for the Spanish boss and that is the reason why he had to place him on the bench.

He, therefore, gave the hint that Lucas Torreira will not return to join the North London outfit if he will not be assured of a starting role after his loan term.

Meanwhile, arsenal did not include a compulsory buy in the loan deal for Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid and that means that there will be a new negotiation between the two clubs if they are interested in keeping him permanently.

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After his experience, Torreira tells Partey what to expect at Arsenal

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Lucas Torreira

It was not a swap deal but Arsenal and Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid were able to trade players on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira left the North London outfit on a loan deal to the Spanish La Liga outfit while the Gunners were able to activate the £45 million release clause of the Ghanaian international to bring him from the Madrid team.

Lucas Torreira, who was in Arsenal for two years after arriving from Italian Serie A outfit Sampdoria in the summer of 2018 obviously has an experience of what life looks like at the Emirates Stadium and decided to share with Thomas Partey.

According to Lucas Torreira, Thomas Partey will be joining a club that treats people well, stressing that it is the most important thing for him to settle well when he meets his teammates.

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira was out of favour at Arsenal for selection before he left as he was not given any minute this season but that does not stop him from being loved by manager Diego Simeone, who made him a top target.

While some players are currently on international assignment, Thomas Partey is expected to meet his teammates as soon as they return and he could be a part of the next Premier League game.

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