2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gabriel ‘PICTURED in new house’, Thomas Partey boost, Diawara-Torreira swap, – The Sun

ARSENAL look to be closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes, as a gardening company showed the Brazilian outside a very English-looking home.

And the Gunners are closing in on Thomas Partey but have Amadou Diawara lined up as backup if the deal can't be done.

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  • ON YOUR MARTS…

    Gabriel Martinelli is “walking again” as he aims to return to full fitness for Arsenal.

    The teenage wonderkid was last seen as an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton in June, before a knee injury ended his debut season with the Gunners prematurely.

    Although set to be missing until 2021, the Brazilian is still being backed by fans to make an impact.

    And the 19-year-old himself appears to have a clear idea over the position in which he is best equipped to do so – although will happily sacrifice himself for the team.

  • GARDEN PARTY

    Arsenal fans think Gabriel Magalhaes has joined the club after a local gardener pictured him out the back of what appeared to be an English home.

    Well Tended Gardens Ltd added: “Take it you'll be a short drive from London Colney.”

  • GUNNER STAY

    Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has decided to stay at RB Leipzig as he wants to “play another season in the Champions League”.

    He told the club's official website: “I have spoken with my family and my agent.

    “I want to play another season in the Champions League with Salzburg.”

  • TOON SOON

    Newcastle are leading the race to sign Rob Holding on loan, according to David Ornstein.

    The two clubs are expected to reach an agreement following today's Community Shield clash.

    Holding is expected to join Steve Bruce's side on a season-long loan – but it is not likely to include the option for a permanent deal.

    The defender has made 39 Premier League appearances for the Gunners since joining from Bolton four years ago.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Mikel Arteta has been impressed by Willian's winning mentality since he arrived at Arsenal from Chelsea.

    Ahead of the clash against Liverpool, the Gunners boss said: “I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club.

    “That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.

    “He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team.”

  • GUNNER WIN IT?

    Here's how the start of the season is looking for Arsenal…

  • TRIBUTE

    The Gunners have paid tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman following his death.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Here's some interesting stats ahead of the Community Shield showdown between Arsenal and Liverpool.

    • This will be the fourth time the two teams have met in the Community Shield final (previously in 1979, 1989 and 2002).
    • Arsenal have won seven of their last nine Community Shield appearances.
    • Excluding league games, Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games at Wembley.

    GIFT OF THE GAB

    Paul Merson reckons it will be a “big statement” from Arsenal if they sign Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The centre-half is close to sealing a £27million move from Lille to North London.

    Merson told Starsport: “If Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes I think it's a big statement because of all the other clubs that wanted him.

    “If Arsenal have managed to get him in without having Champions League football to offer, I think that's huge.

    “I like what Mikel Arteta is doing. But there are plenty of teams around them getting better as well.”

    WEMBLEY XI

    After much speculation, it's now becoming clear Mikel Arteta will be employing a back-three for the 2020-21 season.

    After a number of different looks last term, the Spanish boss may finally have settled on his best formation.

    After cautiously running a 3-4-3 for the friendly against MK Dons, it now looks certain Arsenal will line-up in that manner for the Community Shield against Liverpool.

    With Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi set to be axed and Dani Ceballos' loan deal yet to be made permanent, Arteta's options are limited.

    Here's how the Gunners could start…

    ART TIMES

    Mikel Arteta fears the season is on a knife-edge due to Covid-19.

    Five England stars have tested positive – as well as a spate of Premier League aces.

    On Thursday, Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele returned positive results for Covid-19.

    Arsenal boss Arteta also had the virus in March.

    Asked if the new season was already at risk, he said:  “Yes, we are going to have many more cases.

    “There are uncertainties we cannot control.”

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal may have received a timely boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

    The Gunners have been eyeing the midfielder for a long time but have not yet been willing to meet his £45m release clause up front.

    However, Spanish journalist David Vinuesa Malbac claims Atleti are “economically drowned”, despite adding that they are still demanding the £45m clause in full.

    Atletico are also close to signing a potential replacement in Espanyol's Marc Roca.

    The holding midfielder, who had previously been linked with the Gunners, is set to join the club for £13m.

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey remains one of Arsenal's main transfer targets this summer, but fresh doubt has been cast on the move by the star's spokesperson.

    Speaking on Football 360, Samuel Zigah, said: “He can only leave Atletico Madrid when he's not needed.”

    In other news, Matteo Guendouzi was set to be leaving Arsenal this summer, but boss Mikel Arteta has given him the chance to stay if he wants to.

    Arteta said: “What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.”

    Meanwhile, Italian giants Juventus have asked Arsenal about the possibility of signing Hector Bellerin, and the Gunners are reportedly willing to sell.

    According to Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal have told Juventus that Bellerin is available for sale for £27million.

    And finally, Arsenal seem set to sell goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have put a £20million price-tag on the Argentinian's head.

    Martinez is open to a move away as he longs to be Argentina's first-choice shot-stopper.

    MAT-TER OF TIME

    Tottenham have agreed a fee “in the region” of £15million for Wolves right-back Matt Doherty, reports claim.

    Wolves could now step up their pursuit of Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles to replace Doherty.

    according to Sky Sports, Spurs will soon bolster their ranks with the signing of Doherty, 28.

    The 6ft ace joined the East Midlands club from Irish side Bohemians for just £75,000 back in 2010.

    BRAGGING RIGHTS

    STRIKE THE RIGHT DEAL

    Premier League sides are spoilt rotten with options if they are looking for a proven striker with European experience.

    Out of favour Barcelona star Luis Suarez, former Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain, unattached Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa have all been linked with shock moves to the Premier League.

    But which out of the experienced veterans would be the best bet for an English side?

    SunSport delves into some of the key stats surrounding the four.

    LUC IS OUT

    Lucas Torreira's agent has revealed the Arsenal midfielder has no official offers on the table from potential suitors.

    Pablo Bentacur said: ““There are many requests (for Torreira), but there is still nothing official.

    “I have received many queries but we have nothing official on the table.

    “The player is training with Arsenal. The coach (Mikel Arteta) has to make a decision if he really needs Torreira or not, but all this press talks about is more publicity than reality.

    “Today the market is a bit stuck, official offers, I repeat, there are none.”

    TV TIMES

    FIVE ALIVE

    The Premier League ‘battle of the bench’ will rumble on until next week – just days before the start of the season. 

    Top sides featuring Manchester United, City, Liverpool and Arsenal are still trying to get the numbers to put the issue of FIVE subs back in the agenda for the next campaign.

    The group has grown but is not enough to get it to a majority but they hope to have that by Friday when they are due to raise it formally. 

    Some clubs are being tempted by the option of joining in despite the obvious advantages for the bigger squad. 

    One leading executive said: “The majority is still in favour of sticking with three subs. But a couple are now seeing the argument behind expanding it.”

    COR BLIMEY

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

    According to L'Equipe, the Lyon ace will not feature against Dijon tonight.

    And he will also now be replaced in the France's national team squad.

    AMADOU IT

    Arsenal are edging closer to signing £27million Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports.

    The Serie A side are keen to offload some stars in order to fund their own spending spree and the Ghanaian is one they are reportedly happy to let go.

    Diawara – who played 30 games in all competitions during the 2019/20 season – only joined Roma from Napoli last summer.

    But he could be on the way to the Emirates for the same fee the North Londoners are set to pay for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    MARTINEZ MOVE

    Arsenal seem set to sell goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez this summer it has been reported.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have put a £20million price-tag on the Argentinian's head.

    Martinez wouldn't mind moving away from The Emirates if it means that he could get regular football to achieve his dream of becoming Argentina's number-one keeper.

    ITALIAN JOB

    Italian club Napoli are reportedly planning a raid for Arsenal duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

    Napoli are looking to bolster their defence and the defensive pair seem to tick the right boxes for them.

    The duo both have previous Serie A experience so will have no problem fitting into the league.

    BELLE ITALIA

    Italian giants Juventus have asked Arsenal about the possibility of signing hector Bellerin, and the Gunners are willing to sell reports say.

    According to Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal have told Juventus that Bellerin is available for sale for £27million.

    The Bellerin sale will raise funds for Arsenal's pursuit for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

    MARTINELLI SEALS DEAL

    Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has penned a five-year deal with the club.

    Speaking on the deal he said: “I have just signed a five-year contract here and I will stay five years here, and if they renew with me again I will stay at this club, I love, I love this club. I dream of winning the league and the Champions League here.”

    His enthusiasm will excite fans who saw the 18 year-old score 10 goals in 15 starts in his impressive debut season

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