According to a report from Football London, Arsenal have decided they will swoop for AS Roma’s Amadou Diawara if they fail to sign their top targets.
The Gunners have done well in the transfer window so far, but Mikel Arteta is looking to bring in more stars before the window closes.
Strengthening the central midfield is a priority for the Arsenal chief, and their top two targets – Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey – are well known.
Arteta wants to land either or both of them, but getting the deal over the line is proving to be problematic for Arsenal.
Both Lyon and Atletico Madrid have set a massive asking price for the midfield pair, and Arsenal are struggling to meet their demands.
Unless the club offload some of their fringe players, Arteta will not be able to raise funds to lure their prime targets.
Arsenal have been mentioned with a host of midfielders this summer, but it seems the Gunners manager has earmarked Diawara as a potential option.
The 23-year-old former Napoli star is a combative midfielder and he is known for making good tackles.
Amadou is a solid defensive midfielder and he’d be a fantastic signing for the Premier League giants.
He made 31 appearances for I Giallorossi during the 2019-20 term, contributing one goal and one assist in the process.
Roma are reportedly demanding a sum in the region of £27 million and he looks like a cheaper variant than both Partey and Aouar.