Arsenal have apparently been given a double blow in their effort to strengthen the midfield section. The two players they’ve recently been linked the most in that aspect are Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid.
According to The Telegraph, Aouar and his representatives have been contacted by an unnamed Champions League club, and that puts a rather obvious obstacle in the Gunners’ path to bring him to the Emirates. One of those clubs could potentially be Bayern Munich, who lost the services of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool a few days ago. It has also been claimed that Serie A champions Juventus have been monitoring the 22-year-old for a while with a view of taking him to Turin.
Atletico Madrid just sold Alvaro Morata who is set to return to Juventus, and that has put them in a position from which they do not want to sell any more key players at all. If Arsenal (or any other potential suitor) were to trigger Thomas Partey’s release clause of €50 million, that would obviously take the matter out of Atletico’s hands. According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, that was always the proposed path likeliest to get the job done, and now, after Morata’s departure, Atletico’s resolve will only be stronger.
Meanwhile, Leeds United have expressed an interest in signing Calum Chambers on a season-long loan, as relayed by the Independent, and they’re not the only ones. West Ham want the versatile defender on a similar deal too, though they seem willing to pay £12m for a permanent transfer if need be.
A claim has appeared on social media that Matteo Guendouzi had officially asked to leave Arsenal, naming French outlet L’Equipe as the source. However, Arsenal correspondent for Goal.com Charles Watts says that’s not true, and that L’Equipe never reported it.