It’s probably one of the longest transfer speculation stories of the current transfer window with twists to the saga continuing to develop daily.
According to French publication L’Equipe Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has officially handed in a transfer request as he looks to force a move away from the London club before the transfer deadline of the 5th of October.
In their last attempt to lure Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey to the Emirates Stadium Arsenal had offered Uruguayan Lucas Torreira in a cash-plus-player deal, but that seemingly wasn’t enough to convince Atletico Madrid to let go of the 27-year-old who has a release clause of 50 million Euros.
Arsenal values the 24-year-old at 25 million Euros, however, Atletico are also in discussions with Espanyol to sign Marc Roca for 15 million and that could erase any hopes of the Torreira deal.
Torreira has been left out of the Arsenal squad for the first two Premier League games of the season with Torino and his former club Sampdoria monitoring the situation closely too.
Partey has been Arteta’s top transfer target since he took over at Arsenal and with Guendouzi handing in the transfer request his move could open up some money which would give Arsenal a lifeline in buying Partey.
Arsenal won their second game of the season against West Ham, but in the post match interview Arteta admitted that his charges got lucky with the result with Arsenal’s midfield obviously the weak point in the team.
In recent weeks the ‘Gunners’ have also been linked with 22-year-old Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Arteta says anything can still happened before transfer deadline.
“We are going to try and strengthen the team until the market is done. Depending on what happens with some of the other players in the squad we are open to anything because the market can surprise us all with clubs coming for any of our players in different positions and we have to react – let’s see what happens,” he explained.
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