Arsenal boss makes £60m France youth international his priority signing

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will prioritise a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar over Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey if his transfer kitty forces him into a straight decision between the two men.

The Gunners have signed the likes of Gabriel, Pablo Mari and Willian so far this summer, as well as tying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a fresh long-term deal.

Arteta wants to make at least two further additions to his roster with Partey, the Ghana international, a leading target.

Thomas has a £45m release clause in his Atletico deal and he’s keen on a move to the Emirates.

Arteta has been informed he must sell before he can buy again and the Gunners have desperately been trying to raise funds by selling some of their deadwood.

Emiliano Martinez has signed for Aston Villa in a £20 million deal and Arteta will be given the money to reinvest in his team.

But Lyon value Aouar at around £60 million and he could command wages of around £100,000 per week.

Should Arsenal try to finance deals for Houssem and Thomas, the club are looking of an outlay of £130 million on the pair’s transfers and wages.

That’s not something that the north London side’s board are comfortable with sanctioning in the current financial climate and the Guardian state Arteta will prioritise a move for Les Gones ace if he has to choose between the two stars.

Mohamed Elneny started in the 3-0 win versus Fulham and Arteta has spoke glowingly of the Egypt international, meaning he could be set for an extended stay in the heart of the club’s midfield.

Bayer eye Arsenal left-back with player keen to make Bundesliga return

Bayer Leverkusen are interested in landing Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, according to the latest reports.

The Bosnian star has made 105 appearances for Arsenal since signing on a free transfer from Schalke back in 2017 but appears to have fallen down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta.

Kolasinac was an unused substitute in his side’s PL opening-weekend victory against Fulham, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting at left-wing-back and the Scottish ace Kieran Tierney on the left of a three-man central defence.

With youngster Bukayo Saka also able to play as a wing-back, the Gunners appear to be comfortable cashing on Sead, with the 27-year-old defender having entered the final two years of his deal.

Schalke were also interested in bringing Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga, but do not have the finances to compete with league rivals Bayer Leverkusen, who recently sold Kai Havertz to Chelsea in a £75.8 million deal.

Sky Germany have claimed that the former Schalke man wants to return to Germany for family reasons.

He could become the second notable departure from the club this month, following the sale of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £17 million.

Meantime, sporting director Juninho Pernambucano has said that Lyon are yet to receive a bid for either Houssem Aouar or Memphis Depay.

While Arsenal are said to be admirers of Houssem, Barcelona will almost certainly land Depay once they have freed up space in their roster.

However, despite frequent speculation over the pair, Juninho has played down talks that they are on the brink of an exit.

He told reporters: “For now, there is nothing for these players, we have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis.”

Uruguayan star looks set to quit Arsenal for Serie A return

AC Milan have reportedly long held an interest in Arsenal star Lucas Torreira and have now made their move by inquiring regarding his availability this summer.

The Serie A side were linked with a swoop for the Uruguayan last summer and there had been contact about a transfer, but Arsenal board had no intention of selling the player they had only penned 12 months prior.

However, times have changed and Lucas does not feature in the plans of manager Mikel Arteta, who took over as Gunners boss in December.

He is one of a host of players available for transfer this summer as Mikel attempts to achieve something of a clear out, allowing the Spaniard to bring in new signings, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar targeted.

Sky Sports Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the inquiry has come in from I Rossoneri for Torreira, who has also been linked with Torino and Fiorentina this summer, having previously played in Serie A with Sampdoria.

Of course, Torreira is available but there will surely be a negotiation over price, with Arsenal thought to want around £22 million for the 24-year-old who cost them £26 million in 2018.

In an interview with Uruguayan radio station Sport890 last month, Lucas hinted he could be set to leave the club. ‘Today I need to think about my future very well,’ the South American said.

‘I have a contract with the club and I have to respect it, obviously, if I have to leave it will be for the best. ‘We have to be calm and wait.’