7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar bid LATEST, Partey deal ‘scuppered by Morata’, Torreira to Atletico is ‘close’ – The Sun

ARSENAL are hoping to secure the signature of Thomas Partey and may have received a boost with Lucas Torreira set to join his current club Atletico Madrid.

However, other reports suggest Atleti's sale of Alvaro Morata to Juventus has made them less inclined to sell Partey.

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  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists the Gunners will take tonight's Carabao Cup trip to Leicester “seriously” – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    “We have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

    Arsenal midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Torreira have been linked with Atletico Madrid and Turkish clubs respectively ahead of the October 5 transfer deadline.

    Atletico's interest in Torreira will intrigue Arsenal fans hoping that the Spanish giants' anchorman Thomas Partey will move to the Emirates.

    Nonetheless, Sky Sports suggest Atletico are still holding out for Partey's £45m release clause.

    ExtraSport claim Egyptian Elneny's agent has been in Turkey for talks after offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    Back home, Arsenal expect injury victims Kieran Tierney and Sokratis to resume full training this week.

    And Emile Smith Rowe should join in within ten days after his crocked right shoulder was taken out of a protective sling.

  • KEEP BUSY AND CARA ON

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are taking the Carabao Cup “seriously” ahead of tomorrow's trip to Leicester – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    Maybe not in the first games but when the competition moves a little more forward, how teams – not just ourselves – are going to treat the competition.

    “But we have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

  • EL OF A MOVE?

    Mohamed Elneny's Arsenal future is in doubt after his agent reportedly travelled to Turkey to deal with offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    ExtraSport claim the Egyptian midfielder, 28, could yet leave Arsenal before next month’s transfer deadline.

    That’s despite starting two of this season’s first three matches under Mikel Arteta.

    Elneny lined up alongside Granit Xhaka for the Community Shield win against Liverpool before retaining his spot in the Premier League victory over Fulham.

    But he was dropped for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos for the fortunate 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £267million MORE than Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.

    Manchester United are good only for seventh in the table at £719.5m – nearly £300m behind Liverpool.

  • GETTING THE HANG OF TRAINING…

    Arsenal have been gliding along nicely with two wins from their opening two Premier League games.

    And the sky's the limit judging by an unusual observer of their training today – as noted by the club's own Twitter account…

  • OZIL UP FOR CHALLENGE

    Having been replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal's highest-paid player, Mesut Ozil is now just bidding to regain his first=team place.

    And the ex-Germany midfielder, 31, looked happy and positive in training today.

  • TIERNEY BACK

    Arsenal expect injury victims Kieran Tierney and Sokratis to resume full training this week.

    Left-back Tierney suffered a tight groin while centre-back Sokratis had a calf problem.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners say Emile Smith Rowe should be able to join his team-mates for full training within ten days, his right shoulder having come out of a protective sling.

  • LUC COULD BE IN FOR ATLETICO

    Lucas Torreira is close to joining Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN Uruguay.

    Arsenal fans will be hoping that due to playing in a similar position, any move to the Spanish capital for Torreira would move a deal for Thomas Partey closer.

    And while Sky Sports suggest that may well be the case, other sources claim that Atletico are still demanding Partey's £45m release clause be met in full regardless of whether Torreira signs.

  • IT'S GUNNER END EARLY

    Football fans watching Liverpool's home clash against Arsenal on Monday in the pub will miss the last ten minutes of the crunch clash.

    That's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce new Covid-19 restrictions that will see boozers close at 10pm.

    The Premier League clash is set to kick-off at 8.15pm. That means the first half will finish comfortably past 9pm.

    With a 15-minute half-time, the second half and then VAR delays and injury time, it's likely the clock will have ticked to 10.10pm before the whistle is blown.

    And that fixture isn't likely to be the only one beer-loving footie fans will miss the end of when they are shunted out the pub.

    The times for October's games haven't been set yet.

  • TOE THE PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal will have to meet the £46m release clause for Thomas Partey or miss out.

    But Atletico Madrid could be happy to keep the midfielder after letting Alvaro Morata move to Juventus.

    Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.

    “So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.

    “So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.

    “But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”

  • GUNNER REGRET THAT

    Lionel Messi came close to joining Arsenal alongside Cesc Fabregas 17 years ago, according to the Barcelona icon’s former agent.

    Fabiano Soldini revealed Arsene Wenger had identified the Nou Camp skipper as a potential signing during his academy days.

    And alongside Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Messi 33, was one of three possible Wenger targets during his stint in Barca’s famed La Masia.

    And while the former Emirates boss, 70, succeeded in bringing Fabregas to North London, the Argentina playmaker chose to stay at the Nou Camp while Pique, 33, went to Manchester United.

    Soldini told Marca: “[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn't go.

    “I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave [Barcelona]. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn't want to leave.”

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £400million MORE than Arsenal.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.

    Arsenal are in 13th, with a combined value of £582m, which is £404m LESS than the current Premier League champions.

  • PL GUTTED

    Prem chiefs have voiced their frustration at the Government’s push-back that will mean fans cannot return to grounds next month.

    The 20 clubs are losing up to £25m in collective income from every round of games without supporters, with a total of £700m going absent last season alone.

    League bosses calculated the local and national economy is missing out on £200m in spending each Prem match round that fans remain locked out, with clubs losing £100m a month.

    And while the League conceded that “the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority”, there is a growing sense of unhappiness with the Government’s stance.

    A Prem spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

    “The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted.

    “This is already evident in other European leagues.”

  • TOE THE PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal will have to meet the £46m release clause for Thomas Partey or miss out.

    But Atletico Madrid could be happy to keep the midfielder after letting Alvaro Morata move to Juventus.

    Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.

    “So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.

    “So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.

    “But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”

  • LAST ORDERS PLEASE

    Football fans watching Liverpool's home clash against Arsenal on Monday in the pub will miss the last ten minutes of the crunch clash.

    That's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce new Covid-19 restrictions that will see boozers close at 10pm.

    The Premier League clash is set to kick-off at 8.15pm. That means the first half will finish comfortably past 9pm.

    With a 15-minute half-time, the second half and then VAR delays and injury time, it's likely the clock will have ticked to 10.10pm before the whistle is blown.

    And that fixture isn't likely to be the only one beer-loving footie fans will miss the end of when they are shunted out the pub.

    The times for October's games haven't been set yet.

  • NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

    Boris Johnson confirmed Premier League fans will NOT return in October – amid fears football will remain behind closed doors for 'several months'.

    The Government are now not able to move forward with the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    Prime Minister Johnson said: “We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.

    “So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”

    BBC Sport editor Dan Roan then went on to say the Premier League will be hit to the tune of £100MILLION per month with no fans.

  • PLAYING AWAY

    Arsenal fans are most-likely to cheat on their partners, with Manchester United and Chelsea supporters no angels either, according to a survey.

    A study has revealed which teams have the most – and least – faithful fans when it comes to their relationships.

    And Gooners came out looking like the real Red Devils with a whopping 22 per cent of the survey claiming an Arsenal fan had cheated on them, according to GamblingDeals.com.

    Chelsea (19 per cent) and Man Utd (18 per cent) complete the top-three in terms of unfaithful partners.

    West Ham (11 per cent) and Leicester (ten per cent) are the only other club to see results of ten per cent or more.

    Amongst the study was Imogen, 27, from Hertfordshire – who claimed she was not shocked by the results.

  • EMTPY GROUNDS TO CONTINUE

    Sport is set to be played behind closed doors for “SEVERAL MONTHS”, with the Premier League set to lose a staggering £100million per month.

    On Tuesday morning, MP Michael Gove revealed the Government were attempting to “pause” the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    But the BBC now claim the “pause” is set to last months, rather than weeks.

    Following Gove's revelation, Dan Roan tweeted: “Don’t think this is a short term ‘pause’ either.

    “I’m hearing sports are to be asked by govt what impact will be of no fans for SEVERAL MONTHS.

    “All signs are that action will continue behind closed doors well into next year.”

  • HAVE A LUC IN

    Arsenal’s hopes of signing Thomas Partey have been handed a significant boost, by Atletico Madrid's reported interest in Lucas Torreira.

    The Gunners have been chasing the Ghanaian midfielder all summer, but have had no luck lowering Atletico's demands of his £45million release clause being paid in full.

    And having made only seven league starts in ten months under Mikel Arteta, Torreira also appears keen to move on.

    The Uruguayan has been linked with a £22m switch to Torino, but Atletico could hijack the deal.

    Torreira himself was coy when speaking to Sport 890.

    He 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.”

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE MANU

    It's a very happy 50th birthday to Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.

    The 1998 Double and World Cup winner textbook early Wenger years at Arsenal.

    And his partnership with Patrick Vieira was iconic.

  • BREAKING

    Premier League fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge, Michael Gove has announced.

    The Government in August revealed they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of next month.

    But the plans were placed under review this month after a rise in coronavirus cases.

    The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has now moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.

    It blocks the Premier League’s hopes of having fans return to stadiums.

    New measures will be set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

  • SPECIAL BRU

    Arsenal are ready to snap up chief medic Bruno Mazziotti from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    The Gunners lost their own head of physiotherapy Chris Morgan in the summer.

    Morgan ended his two-year stay in North London in order to return to former club Liverpool – where he previously spent ten years.

    And according to The Athletic, Gunners technical director Edu is set to turn to an old acquaintance in order to fill the vacant position.

    Edu, 42, worked with Brazilian compatriot at both Corinthians and the Selecao national team.

  • TOR DE FORCE

    Lucas Torreira is very close to joining Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN Uruguay.

    Arsenal fans will be hoping that due to playing in a similar position, any move to the Spanish capital for Torreira would move a deal for Thomas Partey closer.

    And while Sky Sports suggest that may well be the case, other sources claim that Atletico are still demanding Partey's £45m release clause be met in full regardless of whether Torreira signs.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Hector Bellerin is set to remain at the club beyond the transfer window.

    It had been claimed that PSG were keen to sign him, but they instead turned to Roma's Alessandro Florenzi after the Gunners rejected their loan offer.

    And with Barcelona selling Nelson Semedo to Wolves, there was talk that the Blaugrana was to bring Bellerin back to Catalonia.

    But Mundo Deportibo have insisted that the Spanish international is not an option for Ronald Koeman and Barca will instead look to sign Ajax ace Sergino Dest.

    Elsewhere, Lazio are reportedly looking to prise Shkodran Mustafi away from the Emirates this summer.

    According to Calciomercato, the Serie A side are in negotiations with Arsenal in trying to sign the German centre-back.

    Mustafi – who has one year left on his contract in North London – is not in the plans of Mikel Arteta this season.

    It has been said that Arsenal will entertain offers of between £10m-£11m, though Lazio have only offered £9m so far.

    And finally, goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has joined Arsenal on a four-year contract from French club Dijon.

    Technical director Edu told the club's website: “We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.”

    Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”

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