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Transfer talk: Torreira, Maitland-Niles 0

Posted on January 28, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

AS Monaco are interested in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira on loan for the second half of the season, according to Sky Sports.

The midfielder is already temporarily away from the Emirates, on a season-long stint with Atletico Madrid, but having had only two La Liga starts for far, Arsenal are concerned about his welfare in the Spanish capital.

Technical director Edu recently voiced those concerns.

“Arsenal is concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well. We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks.

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Buendia, Torreira 0

Posted on January 19, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

As David Ornstein repeatedly claims, Arsenal remain on the hunt for an attacking midfielder. Mesut Ozil has gone to Turkey where he will be playing for Fenerbahce after having his contract terminated, but manager Mikel Arteta obviously feels the team needs a player of similar qualities. If you remember, the pursuit of Houssem Aouar came to nothing towards the end of last summer’s transfer window, and although a number of reports since suggested that the interest would soon be reignited, there has been no further developments.

Arsenal interested in Diego Costa? 0

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has had his contract with Atletico Madrid terminated, both the player and the La Liga club have officially confirmed, and according to AS, Arsenal have been monitoring the situation for a while now.

Costa spent four years at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles for the Blues, one under Jose Mourinho and the other under Antonio Conte. He returned to Atletico in the summer of 2018, and after two years of playing an important role in Diego Simeone’s team, he fell down the pecking order this term due to the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona, as well as the formidable form of Joao Felix. He only made seven appearances for the Rojiblancos in 2020-21, all in La Liga, and scored two goals.

Atletico Madrid want Maitland-Niles 0

Posted on December 25, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Atletico Madrid are keen to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal in January and they’re preparing a bid to test Arsenal’s resolve, according to Sky Sports.

Apparently, the Spanish club have been monitoring the progress of the 23-year-old wide man for the past 12 months, aiming to sign a player to cover their right defensive flank for years to come. They may have been eyeing a summer swoop, but their need has become quite urgent in the last few days as Kieran Trippier, the former Tottenham Hotspur man, picked up a 10-week ban worldwide for several accounts of betting rules violation.

Torreira closing in on Atletico loan 0

Posted on October 01, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Atletico keen on Torreira loan, Arsenal consider Partey alternatives 0

Posted on September 25, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Thomas Partey – A new hope? 0

Posted on September 08, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been heavily credited with interest in Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid throughout the summer, and even before. The Spanish club reportedly rejected two offers from the Gunners early on, both consisting of a player+cash arrangement.

Atletico have so far been adamant that Partey would not be leaving unless a potential suitor triggers his release clause set at €50 million (£45m). They’ve been also hoping they would be able to convince the midfielder to sign a new contract, which would see that clause rise significantly, but they haven’t had any success in that area so far. Partey apparently remains open to other options and does not wish to recommit to the Rojiblancos at this point.

Arsenal have second Partey bid rejected by Atletico 0

Posted on July 28, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reportedly had two offers for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey rejected, according to The Guardian.

Partey has recently become a very important player for Diego Simeone’s team. Primarily a defence-minded midfielder, he has made a total of 46 appearances this season so far, with their Champions League campaign still to have its conclusion after they knocked out Premier League title winners Liverpool in the round of 16. The 27-year-old powerhouse played a big part in that feat. He also managed to get on the scoresheet four times.

Arsenal to step up Partey interest 0

Posted on July 01, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have intensified their interest in signing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid this summer, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The 27-year old midfield powerhouse has played 42 times for Diego Simeone’s side in all competitions this season. He scored three goals and provided no more than one assist, but it’s hardly relevant for a player whose primary duty is to protect the back line by positioning himself directly in front of them and fight for every ball.

Lacazette set for contract talks amid Atletico interest 0

Posted on June 12, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to hold talks over a new contract with Alexandre Lacazette amid the interest in his services coming from Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN.

The club still face uncertainty over the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, but they are apparently adamant that they won’t be parting ways with both strikers. The pair are good friends, but both of them are keen to hear and consider Arsenal’s long-term vision under Mikel Arteta before making their respective decisions, especially in the light of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost all players except Mesut Ozil have agreed to take a 12.5% pay cut, with the German still earning his £350,000 per week.



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