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Arsenal still face this Dani Ceballos challenge

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English Premier League club Arsenal will still face a major challenge in keeping Dani Ceballos at the club on a permanent deal despite their chances.

Dani Ceballos has been at Arsenal for the last year on a loan deal and that is expected to run out at the end of the season. Mikel Arteta has been impressed with the performance of the star player since the restart of the season and has favoured him to stay on a permanent deal.

With claims that his parent club, Real Madrid are opened to a deal as they seek to cash in from the player’s sale, Arsenal are considering the option and are expected to approach the La Liga champions in the coming weeks.

The Gunners now have a major challenge as Manchester City have indicated an interest in Dani Ceballos and are set to approach Real Madrid for a deal in this summer window.

It is expected that Man City will submit a better deal for Dani Ceballo and that could be a factor to be considered by the player and the club.

This means the chances of having Dani Ceballos at the Emirates Stadium in the coming season is no longer certain.

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

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Arsenal ‘Agree On Deal’ With Atletico Madrid For Lucas Torreira

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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could be on his way to Atletico Madrid as per the reports in some media outlets and top Gunners target Thomas Partey might move in the opposite direction.

The Daily Star claimed that Atletico Madrid have moved ahead of the Italian duo of Torino and Fiorentina in the race to sign Uruguayan international Torreira.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is said to be a big fan of the battling midfielder and that he’s keen to add him to the playing squad at the new Wanda Metropolitano.

El Gol Digital stated that Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid need to sell some players to wrap up a transfer for the aforementioned Lucas Torreira and this is where the Gunners’ interest in Thomas Partey could be advantageous.

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid could do a swap deal involving the two players, Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira though the Gunners will have to offer money in addition to Torreira for Ghanaian international Partey.

Torino and Fiorentina are only interested in a loan deal for Lucas Torreira and that has paved the way for Atletico Madrid to usurp them.

Lucas Torreira has barely featured under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta who assumed his position in December 2019.

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Arsenal Rumours: Gunners Nearing Transfer Deal For Lyon Midfielder Aouar

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Houssem Aouar

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar according to reports coming out from the Italian media.

Eleven Sports Italia correspondent Luca Florino revealed that the Gunners have already agreed on personal terms with the French junior international.

He further said that Arsenal are preparing a €45m bid for the player though Lyon are holding out for almost €50m.

Houssem Aouar is the number one transfer target for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as per the unnamed sources cited by ESPN.

The Lyon skipper has already informed the club that he would like to join the Gunners and the onus is on Arsenal to make the transfer happen.

Arsenal had earlier offered cash plus midfielder Matteo Guendouzi but the offer was turned down. Lyon didn’t want a player like Guendouzi as he does not fit their profile according to sporting director Juninho Pernambucano.

Houssem Aouar led Lyon to relatively unfamiliar territory in the Champions League last season.

Lyon stunned a lot of football fans and stakeholders as they saw off Juventus in the round of 16 before brushing aside Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

Houssem Aouar scored one goal in addition to four assists in eight games as Lyon reached the last four.

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Report: Arsenal Reject Opening Offer For Midfielder

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North London giants Arsenal have rejected the opening offer from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid for one of their midfielders.

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is attracting serious interest from Diego Simeone with the Atletico Madrid boss said to be a fan of the petite Uruguayan international.

Italian journalist Matteo Pedrosi said that the Gunners turned down the opening offer of a loan deal from Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torreira.

Atletico Madrid wanted to sign the Gunners midfielder on loan with an option to sign him on a permanent deal.

The Spaniards are cash strapped at the moment and they need to release some of their players to fund the signing of new players like Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal are interested in Thomas Partey from the Atletico Madrid squad thus making the potential deals for Torreira and Partey almost straightforward.

Lucas Torreira signed for the Gunners in 2018 following the £26m transfer from Sampdoria in the Italian top flight.

Arteta has preferred midfielders like Granit Xhaka, Mohamed ElNeny, Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos ahead of Torreira.

The Uruguayan international was left out of the Arsenal squad for the opening league game at Fulham which ended in a 3-0 away win for the Gunners.

He was also conspicuously absent for the second league game of the season, a 2-1 win at home to West Ham United.

 

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Newcastle now favour move for Chambers

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Calum Chambers

Newcastle are reportedly set to return to Arsenal for the signature of Calum Chambers who is out of favour at the club and is expected to leave for the right offer in this transfer window.

This will be the second return for the Magpies after they earlier made a loan move for Rob Holding but was rejected by the North London club. Manager Mikel Arteta has been able to convince the English defender to remain at the club and fight for his place.

Newcastle are now hoping to convince Arsenal for the signature of Calum Chambers after Rob Holding disappointment and that seems possible with the Gunners also willing to let him go.

However, Newcastle must be willing to spend as their loan bid might not be accepted by Arsenal as a result of the need to let him leave on a permanent deal for £12 million.

It is understood that the North London outfit will not buy the idea of a loan deal and will only be opened for talks with any club that is ready for a permanent deal.

The North London club can boast of more centre-back in the team with the addition of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes.

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Arsenal in transfer battle for 18-year-old striker

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English Premier League club Arsenal are reported to be in a transfer battle with a host of clubs for the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes striker Georginio Rutter in this summer transfer window.

Georginio Rutter is one of the most exciting young players in the French Ligue 1 to have been attracting interest from across Europe. The likes of Newcastle United, RB Leipzig, Lyon, and AC Milan are all lined up for his signature.

The battle for the signature of Georginio Rutter became intense after the clubs learned that he has rejected a new deal with Rennes and will be set to leave the club any moment from now.

It is also understood that the French side are unwilling to let him go for nothing less than his 10 million pounds valuation which most of his suitors are willing to pay.

Apparently, Georginio Rutter is not a priority for the North London club but no doubt that he will add to the options and bring in the competition in the team after Arsenal scouts gave a pleasing report of him.

His current contract with Rennes ends in June 2021 which makes it important for him to be sold this summer window or risk losing him for free.

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Lacazette’s future might not be settled yet

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It has been confirmed that the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal is far being settled following claims by manager Mile Arteta that the club is yet to open start contract talks with him.

This summer transfer window has seen the future of the former Lyon striker being debated with suggestions that he would be leaving as a result of the limited starting role he had last season.

Some reports immediately linked him with a move Italian Serie A outfit Juventus while others claim he is being wanted at the Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Alexandre Lacazette has come out to dismissal of the reports, insisting that he is happy at the Emirates Stadium and will continue to respect the decision of the Spanish manager.

However, Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports that the French Man who scored his 50th goal for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United is currently not in negotiation for a new deal with the club.

The North London manager, therefore, noted that he is happy with the player but there cannot be any speculation over his future as the focus for the club is to make more additions in this summer window.

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Brentford hand David Raya condition to Arsenal

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English Premier League club Arsenal have been told by Brentford that they can only have their goalkeeper target, David Raya, if they will agree to loan him back for the rest of the season.

The Telegraph reports that the Bees rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal for the Spanish goalkeeper who made 49 appearances last season.

It is understood that the 25-year-old is well known to Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana because the tutor was with Brentford before moving to Arsenal in December last year.

David Raya is needed at Arsenal with the exit of Argentina shot-stopper Emi Martinez who has left the club to join Aston Villa after a brilliant performance that helped him deliver the FA Cup and the Community Shield. No doubt he left when the ovation was high.

Bernd Leno is now left as the only viable option as a goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

With Arsenal looking to sign more players before the end of the summer transfer window, there is no doubt a new goalkeeper will be brought in.

It is understood that the Gunners are close to sealing a deal for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as he has passed the first stage of medicals.

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Lyon president sends Aouar message to Arsenal

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Arsenal have been told by Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas that they have the opportunity to sign their top target Houssem Aouar but that will not happen until they are willing to meet his £44 million valuation.

The North London outfit are confirmed to have indicated an interest in the French Ligue 1 star but they are yet to agree on a deal as negotiations are still ongoing. Manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club is still in the market to add more players to the team.

When asked if Houssem Aouar would join the north London side, Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly said No because the Premier League side had not submitted an offer yet.

Now it is claimed that talks have been opened between the two clubs over a deal as the 22-year-old is understood to be keen on a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal will have to wait till the last minutes to stand the chance of having their £36m bid to be accepted.

Houssem Aouar is an important part of the Lyon team that reached the Champions League semi-finals by defeating Italian Serie A champions Juventus in the last-16 and Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Should he join Arsenal, he will be an automatic replacement to Mesut Ozil who is still around but has been frozen out of the team.

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