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Arsenal news round-up: Club stance on Torreira, £22.5m for Celtic ace, Sokratis contractual situation



Arsenal reluctant to entertain loan offers for flop midfielder

Arsenal want to sell the Uruguay international Lucas Torreira instead of agreeing to loan him out, it has been reported in Italy.

The South American midfielder could depart the Emirates before the transfer market closes next month as Arsenal look to bring in cash.

Lucas’ stock remains high in Serie A, where he shone at Sampdoria, with Fiorentina and Torino making the running to secure his signature.

Both want loan deals but, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Arsenal management are only open to selling Lucas.

Arsenal want to earn a sum from his departure and close the book on his time at the club, rather than sanctioning a temporary farewell.

Even a loan with an obligatory purchase variant would mean Arsenal could need to wait at least one year to earn a fee from the Uruguayan’s exit.

Torino are still trying to convince the Gunners to accept a loan deal, with chief Davide Vagnati working on the deal.

It remains to be seen if the north Londoners soften their stance on Torreira and let him head back to Serie A on a loan agreement.

In the meantime, Arsenal and Leeds United are looking at landing Marcos Paulo, TeamTalk suggest, but they’re currently losing out to West Ham United in the hunt.

Paulo is still only 19, but is very highly rated at Fluminese and has a £40 million buy-out clause.

He made 18 appearances last term, and the ace managed to provide two goals and three assists.

Scottish club receive £22.5m offer from Arsenal for key forward

Arsenal have allegedly launched a £22.5m bid to land the highly rated Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

The 22-year-old star has been linked with a move away from the Scottish champions following a stunning spell which has seen him score 51 goals over the past two years, including 28 last term.

The Mirror reports that the Gunners have identified Edouard as a possible replacement for forward Alexandre Lacazette and have made the first move towards bringing the player to North London.

The Gunners are on the observation post for Lacazette alternatives amid ongoing speculation regarding his future at the Emirates Stadium, with Juventus thought to be keen.

Lacazette has publicly confirmed his willingness to stay at Arsenal, but the club are believed to be considering his sale in order to help raise funds for other players such as Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

Arsenal’s £22.5 million approach for Edouard is said to be spread out in installments over four years, but Celtic management are keen for a larger fee to be paid up front.

Edouard has netted 49 goals in 84 league matches for Celtic since joining from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse.

Meantime, Dijon attacker Mounir Chouiar has reportedly emerged as a possible transfer target for three clubs in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old star, who can play on both wings, contributed four goals from 20 appearances in his first Ligue 1 season during 2019-20.

However, considering the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the French club must consider any big-money offers for the France Under-21 international.

According to France Football, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United are all contemplating an approach for the attacker.

32-year-old central defender desperate to swap Arsenal for Napoli

Sokratis is still attempting to convince Arsenal to let him leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer before the market closes.

The centre-half is wanted by Italian Serie A heavyweights Napoli and Sokratis is keen to seal the move to southern Italy.

He wants the board to terminate his contract and let him move for nothing, but so far the Greek star has been unable to convince the Gunners.

Sokratis hasn’t given up though and, according to an Italian daily Corriere dello Sport, is still pushing the Gunners to rip up his contract.

The centre-back made 19 appearances in the English top-flight for Arsenal last season, picking up six yellow cards in the process.

He wasn’t involved in Arsenal’s Premier League opener at Fulham last week, which the Gunners won 3-0 thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel and Alexandre Lacazette.

Sokratis only has a year left on his current deal at Arsenal, but the Gunners at present want to earn a sum if he leaves. He made the move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window of 2018.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are reportedly ready to allow Lucas Torreira to leave the club, with Torino and Fiorentina both looking to strike a loan deal for the star.

Torreira struggled to impress at the Emirates last campaign, with the midfield pairing of Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka being preferred by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Furthermore, the club have also welcomed Mohamed Elneny back into the fold, while highly-regarded duo Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are both being mentioned with moves to the Emirates Stadium.

As a result, The Guardian states that Torino and Fiorentina are set to battle it out for Lucas’ signature, and the Gunners are open to a loan or permanent departure for the 24-year-old.