Arsenal are set to sent William Saliba on a season-long loan to a club in the Championship, according to multiple sources. The 19-year-old defender spent 2019/20 at his former club Saint-Etienne, but manager Mikel Arteta has labeled the time he spent there ‘a year lost’. Saliba played only 17 games, with the season in France being cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Lucas Torreira is now very close to completing a loan move to Atletico Madrid, according to The Athletic. It has also been confirmed by Goal.com Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts. The Uruguay international will join Diego Simeone’s team for the remainder of the 2020/21 season, with Atletico having the option to make the deal permanent at the end of that period.
The deal hasn’t been agreed in every detail yet, nor has Torreira’s medical been scheduled, but the parties involved in the talks are close to reaching the agreement.
Arsenal are currently in talks with Bayer Levekusen over a potential sale of Sead Kolasinac, according to Sky in Germany. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was born in Germany and is believed to be keen on returning there for family reasons.
Apparently, Leverkusen are stepping up their interest in signing the left-back who has fallen down the pecking order behind Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. For a while last season, even 19-year-old winger Bukayo Saka was picked ahead of him on the defensive flank. Though Mikel Arteta has been known to use Kolasinac as part of the back three since adopting that system, it rarely worked the way the boss would have wanted it to.
Arsenal are currently considering making a second bid for Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon, according to The Times.
The Gunners had reportedly already submitted one, believed to have been set at £35 million, which Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas apparently branded as way off.
Aulas seems to be trying to create a picture that his club don’t want to sell Aouar at all. He says he sees the 22-year-old midfielder as the right man to lead their team back to the Champions League after their extremely disappointing 2019/20 campaign in the French top flight, which saw them finish in seventh place and miss out on European football altogether.
Atletico Madrid are keen to secure a loan deal for Lucas Torreira, according to Sky Sports, and what’s more, they’re increasingly confident about getting such a deal done soon.
The two clubs are currently locked in negotiations. While the Spanish side wish for a temporary move at this point, Arsenal are keen to make it permanent with Torreira having no place in manager Mikel Arteta’s plans, and they need the funds potentially generated through that sale in order to sign a midfielder who would be of more use to the Gunners’ boss. Along with outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi, Torreira is yet to appear on a matchday team-sheet this season.
Arsenal have completed and officially confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon. The amount of the fee for this transfer remains undisclosed, but reports suggest Arsenal will be paying just over £1 million for the services of the Iceland international.
The Gunners parted ways with Emiliano Martinez recently, with the 27-year-old now gone to take the next step in his career at Aston Villa. This left them momentarily without a backup option for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and that is where Runarsson comes in.
The day has come, it has finally happened. After much consideration, deliberation, and even some teasing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put pen on paper on a brand new three-year contract with Arsenal, the club have officially confirmed.
As you know, Aubameyang joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, and he jointly won the Premier League golden boot (together with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah) in his first full season at the Emirates.
Arsenal are in talks with Torino over a potential transfer of Lucas Torreira, according to Sky Sports. The move being discussed is a season-long loan with a view to a permanent one next summer.
The defensive midfielder has been linked with departure before. AC Milan were credited with interest on several occasions, and Fiorentina are still interested. He joined the Gunners two years ago from Sampdoria for a reported fee of £26 million, and though he initially looked promising under Unai Emery, he hasn’t been able to get back on the right track at the club following the arrival of Mikel Arteta at the helm. He made a total of 29 appearances in the Premier League in 2019/20, but only 17 times as a part of the starting XI.
With several weeks of the transfer window left to run, transfer reports and rumours are still coming thick. Let’s look at what is being said about the Gunners.
Emiliano Martinez to join Aston Villa
When Bernd Leno picked up an injury in the unexpected defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion last season, Emiliano Martinez stepped in and did a wonderful job between the posts. He was so good that some suggested that head coach Mikel Arteta should have given serious consideration to making him his number one choice ahead of Leno, but that was never likely to happen.
According to The Athletic, David Luiz could spend quite some time on the sidelines due to a neck problem, and the situation has affected the proposed loan move of Rob Holding to Newcastle United.
Luiz initially injured his neck in the Community Shield triumph over Premier League champions Liverpool and aggravated it further in training. He is now unable to take full part in the sessions and very likely to be left out of the squad for the opening league game of the season away to Fulham on Saturday. The injury is said to require special caution and at the moment it’s not possible to be precise in determining the length of his absence, but it could last six weeks.