2.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘absolutely’ wants to leave Lyon, Torreira Atletico talks today, Partey LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar with the news that Lyon have agreed a deal to sign his likely replacement Lucas Paqueta.

And other reports suggest that Aouar "absolutely" wants to leave the French club, which could strengthen the Gunners' hand in negotiations.

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    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar “ansolutely” wants to leave Lyon, new reports say.

    The midfielder has been linked with the London club all summer and is reported to be desperate for a move away.

    French source L'EQUIPE also report that the player is prepared to join Arsenal – having initially had grander hopes of a transfer to Manchester City or Juventus.

    Mikel Arteta and the club hierarchy are still working to sell Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira to free up cash for the transfer for the Frenchman.

    Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reports the other ongoing saga surrounding Thomas Partey has gone quiet.


    Arsenal are yet to agree a price for Sead Kolasinac's move to Bayer Leverkusen, reports say.

    The Gunners were believed to want a price in the region of £9million.

    The sale could have a huge knock-on effect to other business at the club, with it believed the money recouped from the left-back's exit being crucial to claiming Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

    So Mikel Arteta will want to rush the deal over the line as the window gets closer to closing.


    Emile Smith Rowe will be staying at Arsenal and not leaving on loan, reports say.

    The talented youngster had been tipped with a move away from the Emirates to get regular game time but that now appears unlikely.

    This is despite the fact the club look set to bring in new midfielders.


    Arsenal go to Liverpool for the second time in four days tomorrow as they take on the Premier League champions in the Carabao Cup.

    Mikel Arteta is expected to make some changes as they look forward to the visit of Sheffield United on Sunday.

    This is the team we are predicting he will play, with some of the big-hitters given a rest.


    Mikel Arteta has spoken to Houssem Aouar by phone as Arsenal continue their pursuit of the Lyon man, according to reports.

    The manager sees the midfielder as the “missing piece” of the jigsaw, according to AFTV, and will be hoping the phone call helps persuades him to come.

    He is one of two major targets Arsenal are trying to bring in as the window closes.

    The other is Thomas Partey, but the Gunners are needing to free up cash before they can bring them both in.


    The rumours linking Manchester United with a shock move for Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles are baseless, one journalist has claimed.

    Surprising reports over the last day have said the Gunners youngster was being eyed by the Red Devils but a Manchester Evening News reporter has dismissed it.


    Selling Sead Kolasinac will be crucial to funding the Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey transfers, reports say.

    Arsenal are keen to drive the left-back's deal through to Bayer Leverkusen quickly to help raise cash for the two players they've been linked to consistently throughout this window.

    The Express reports that the £9million exit of Kolasinac – along with the potential sale of Lucas Torreira – will be crucial in helping to get not just one but both of their targets over the line.

    But with only days left in the window, it's now a race against time for Mikel Arteta and co.


    Lyon have named their price for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the French club want a fee of £55m for the midfielder, however they are willing to accept £41m up front with add-ons.

    Meanwhile the club president Jean-Michel Aulas has mocked Arsenal over their £72m signing of Nicolas Pepe.

    Aulas was unimpressed by the Gunners' original bid for Aouar of around £27.5m.

    And he told Le Progres: “If Pepe is worth the price that they paid for him, then Houssem, who is an international player, is worth more than €30m.”


    Arsenal’s pursuit of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar received a boost with the news Lyon have agreed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

    L’Equipe reports an £18million bid will be accepted and with a replacement in place, the French side may allow Aouar to move to North London.

    French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Lyon are ‘putting pressure’ on Mikel Arteta’s side to up their offer after an initial £31m bid was rejected.

    Club legend Ian Wright told Optus Sport it is ‘imperative’ for Arsenal to sign Aouar so he ‘can get on the ball and get the forwards going’.

    Arsenal are battling rivals Spurs for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both 'called' Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.

    But the Gunners may admit defeat in their chase for Thomas Partey, according to The Daily Star.

    Sport Bild reports Sead Kolasinac is linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen for around £9m and Sokratis could be off to Napoli.


    Sead Kolasinac is reportedly close to joining Bayer Leverkusen.

    Sport Bild reports a deal is being agreed with a fee in the region of £9million.

    Kolasinac had previously been linked with a move back to Schalke.

    He appears to be way down Mikel Arteta's pecking order after the arrival of Kieran Tierney and use of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka as left wing-backs.


    Mikel Arteta has been urged to change the position of one of his best players.

    Owen Hargreaves reckons the Arsenal boss should use skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a central striker.

    The Gabonese forward was not at his best out wide in the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Monday night at Anfield.

    And Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “Maybe drop Lacazette, play Aubameyang at the top, [Bukayo] Saka can play as an attacker, [and] as a wing-back.”

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    Arsenal will escape facing Liverpool's Thiago TWICE.

    The Gunners did not have to line up against the former Bayern Munich star in Monday night's 3-1 defeat due to injury.

    And now the Spanish midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19.

    He will miss Thursday's Carabao Cup game between the two teams.


    Lucas Torreira's agent is in Madrid ahead of a proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

    The Uruguayan midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling down Mikel Arteta's pecking order.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports the Gunners want a permanent deal and a new bid is being prepared by Diego Simeone's side.


    Arsenal Ian Wright says it is 'imperative' for Mikel Arteta's side to sign Houssem Aouar before this window slams shut.

    After the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, Wright told Optus Sport: “What was more evident for me from Arsenal is they didn’t have that person in the midfield who is comfortable enough on the ball.

    “Until Dani Ceballos came on and did pretty well, who can pass the ball to him and he can receive it with somebody up his back. From there, Arsenal can try and play.

    “We can’t do that at the moment, that is why it is imperative that they get Aouar from Lyon, somebody who can get on the ball and get the forwards going. That is what Arsenal need.”


    Roy Keane named and shamed Arsenal's problem players.

    The Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit read the riot act after the Gunners' 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Monday night.

    He said on Sky: “We saw again tonight that defensively – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there's big question marks over them. “Luiz still has that mistake in him.”


    Arsenal defender Sokratis is heading for the exit before the end of the transfer window.

    The centre-back could be off to Napoli, IF the Italian side receive an acceptable bid for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Rai Sport journalist Ciro Venerato suggests Sokratis could leave in the near future.

    They are thought to have fought off competition from Nice and could land their man before October 5.


    Arsenal and Tottenham are facing a transfer deadline tug-of-war for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Diawara was already upset after a mix-up over his age meant he started Roma's opener at Verona without being registered.

    Serie A chiefs penalised Roma for their mistake by turning the 0-0 draw into a 3-0 win for Verona.

    Now Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both “called” Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.


    Arsenal wished their former centre-back Per Mertesacker a happy birthday online.

    The German giant spent seven years as a player in North London.

    And the 36-year-old is now coaching the Gunners' academy.


    Lyon are “putting pressure” on Arsenal to improve their bid for Houssem Aouar, according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson.

    Mikel Arteta has already had an initial £31million bid turned down by the French club.

    L'Equipe claim the Emirates outfit are convincing Lyon a deal can be reached after their latest offer of £34.5m.

    The Ligue 1 side's president Jean-Michel Aulas has previously revealed the two clubs remain far apart in their valuations of Aouar.


    Jurgen Klopp has admitted his Liverpool side found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette “really difficult to deal with”.

    Following his side's victory, he said: “We cannot press them all the time, but we prepare it constantly, because it means that if you are slightly too late, then Auba is on his bike, or Laca is on his bike, so it's really difficult to deal with them.

    “In these moments [when they got through] they were either offside or Ali had to make a save, but there were not too many.”

    Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead in the 25th minute, but the match finished 3-1 to the 2019-20 champions.


    Arsenal's Academy have made FOUR promising signings this summer.

    Tim Akinola, Jonathan Dinzeyi, George Lewis and Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand are some names to look out for.


    Inter Milan are considering a move for ex-Arsenal star Gervinho, claim Calcio Mercato.

    The 33-year-old forward has been playing for Parma since 2018.

    But Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of the 84-cap Ivory Coast international.

    Conte wants him to join his side to play as a back-up option to Romelu Lukaku.


    Arsenal are ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

    The Gunners have been chasing the midfielder all summer as Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his midfield.

    Partey has a release clause of £45million and Atletico are refusing to negotiate on a fee.

    The Daily Star claim Arsenal's hopes of signing Partey are all-but over – but will ramp up their efforts to sign Houssem Aouar.


    Arsenal's move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar could depend on Leicester's pursuit of Saint-Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana.

    The Gunners remain desperate to bring in the French playmaker, with the 22-year-old keen to make the move to the Emirates before the window closes on Monday.

    But according to GFFN, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is monitoring the situation with rivals St-Etienne who are mulling over accepting a £36million offer from the Foxes for Fofana.

    They claim that Brendan Rodgers' side have tabled an initial £32m bid which would rise to £36m if bonuses are met.

    GFFN state that Aulas is determined not to sell Aouar for less than the 19-year-old, as he is seeking a similar offer from Arsenal if he was to cash in on his prized asset.


    Liverpool are now the odds-on favourites to win the Premier League this season.

    But fans could take a punt on the Gunners at 25/1.

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