How Arsenal Signing Runar Alex Runarsson Would Help Partey, Aouar Deals


Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has emerged as the top target for Arsenal in the bid to sign a replacement for the outgoing Emiliano Martinez.

Second choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is on the verge of joining Aston Villa in a £20m deal and Icelandic international Runarsson has been targeted as his replacement. The 25-year-old has undergone his medicals ahead of a £1.5m transfer to Arsenal

According to Sky Sports presenter Dhamesh Sheth, Arsenal have gone for a significantly cheaper option to replace Emiliano Martinez to free up some funds for new signings with the likes of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid strongly linked with the Gunners.

Runar Alex Runarsson was a very cheap option for Arsenal in comparison to £10m-rated Brentford goalkeeper David Raya who was initially the top Gunners target to replace Emiliano Martinez at the club.

The £20m transfer fee from the Martinez deal will arm manager Mikel Arteta with funds for the signings of Aouar and Partey.

Arsenal will need around £100m for the two players.

Thomas Partey has a £50m (£44.4m) release clause that must be met before Atletico Madrid sanction a transfer, while Lyon are demanding at least €60m (£54m) for Houssem Aouar.


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