European heavyweights Juventus and Atletico Madrid are keeping a close eye on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, according to Calciomercato. The Italian outlet have reported directly about the interest of the Old Lady, while they quote ‘reports in Spain’ regarding that of Atletico. Apparently, the club would be willing to do a deal at no more than €50 million (£42.5m), which, with all due respect to these outlets, sounds ridiculous. Saka signed a four-year deal in 2020 and there can hardly be any talk about his departure from the Emirates any time soon, especially for as little as that.
Lucas Torreira gave a very emotional interview to ESPN Argentina recently, in which he confirmed his mother had passed away and revealed his intention to fulfill the wish of his father to return to South America.
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived to Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018. His early time at the club was full of ups and downs, but he still made 89 appearances for the club over two years before joining Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan last year. The loan obviously expires soon, and then there’ll still be two years on his contract with the Gunners.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.