Arsenal receive biggest boost yet in Aouar pursuit
Arsenal have just over a week to conclude a deal for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar before the European transfer window shuts.
However, it appears the club have been given a huge boost, as the French side appear to be lining up a new target.
The Gunners have been unsuccessful in their attempt to use Matteo Guendouzi in a part-exchange deal for the Champions League semi-finalist, but reports out of Italy suggest Rudi Garcia’s side have an eye on AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta as a potential Aouar replacement.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, via the Express , Lyon are preparing to bring the Brazilian to France after he struggled for minutes last season.
The big-money arrival from Flamengo made a strong start after joining Milan during RIno Gattuso’s reign, but the Rossoneri made two changes in the dugout last season and Paqueta started just 12 Serie A games all season.
Arteta provides latest on Torreira amid Atletico Madrid speculation
Lucas Torreira hasn’t featured all that much during Mikel Arteta’s time at the Emirates Stadium, playing less than 180 minutes of Premier League football since returning from injury in July.
The Uruguayan wasn’t in the 18-man squad for either of Arsenal’s two league games this season, prompting talk of a move to Atletico Madrid – possibly as part of a deal to bring Thomas Partey to north London.
Arteta was asked about Torreira in his press conference ahead of Monday’s meeting with Liverpool, but it appears the midfielder is no closer to an exit.
“We don’t have any update on Lucas or any other player at the moment,” the Arsenal manager said .
“I’m not making decisions because players might leave or stay. It’s just for the players that we see every day in the best possible condition to compete and win football matches.”
Torreira’s most recent Premier League action came on the final day of last season, when he replaced Dani Ceballos for the last 18 minutes against Watford.
However, his chances have been limited amid Arsenal bringing the Real Madrid man back in another year-long loan deal.
Arsenal legend Wright makes bold claim about Van de Beek
Former Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has been one of this summer’s biggest movers, completing a £35m move to Manchester United.
The Dutch international has already got off to a fast start, scoring on his league debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, but ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed Van de Beek would have been a better signing for his former club.
“Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken,” the former England international said on The Kelly & Wrighty Show.
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“When you look at Pogba, what he’s doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek’s position.
“So people are thinking they’re going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Arsenal have added Dani Ceballos to their ranks in another season-long loan from Real Madrid, but are still pursuing further additions in central midfield with Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey both very much on the Gunners’ radar.