Arsenal technical director Edu has earmarked Amadou Diawara as an alternative option to Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar if the duo prove too expensive, according to reports.
The Gunners announced their sixth signing of the summer on Monday with the low-cost arrival of Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon.
He joins Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos with the latter re-signing on loan from Real Madrid for another 12 months and Mari and Cedric making loan moves permanent.
But Mikel Arteta is keen to make more additions to his squad and wants to inject more steel and creativity into his midfield.
He has identified dominant Atletico Madrid holder Partey and attack-minded Lyon ace Aouar as his chief options although deals for either in the final two weeks of the window will be difficult.
Atletico have demanded that Partey’s £45million release clause be paid in full if the Ghanaian is to depart the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
That’s despite reported interest in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, although it is believed Atletico only want to bring the Uruguayan to the Spanish capital on loan.
Reports earlier in the summer suggested that the La Liga giants rejected a player-plus-cash bid which included Matteo Guendouzi as Diego Simeone refuses to lose a key player unless his release clause is exercised.
While links to Aouar have emerged more recently, in the past month or so, with the 22-year-old having starred in Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
The France under-21 international will however cost even more than Partey at around £53m, if Arsenal are to broker an agreement, with it claimed a player-plus-cash bid involving Guendouzi has also been submitted to Lyon.
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Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed