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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Finalising Bukayo Saka contract, cunning Thomas Partey plan

Arsenal suffered a major blow last week with their elimination from the Europa League, which increased the likelihood of another season without Champions League football next year.

With their standing in the Premier League, the Gunners could find themselves without European football entirely, which would of course impact Mikel Arteta’s spending money significantly.

That is a potentially huge problem for the North London side, as their squad is in need of rejuvenation, and it would raise questions about their ability to compete.

However, there is still plenty of rumours floating around and we have gathered some of the latest from the Emirates Stadium below.

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Arsenal finalising Saka deal

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is finalising a long-term deal with the club to cement his future in North London, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Shira.

The 18-year-old has been in spectacular form for the Gunners this season, securing more assists in all competitions than any other player within Mikel Arteta’s squad.

However, with less than 18 months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, concerns have been raised that Arsenal could lose one of their finest academy products in recent years.

Thankfully though, the latest reports are positive as it’s stated that the teenager is finalising a five-year deal with the club.

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Domenico Berardi targeted

Arsenal are readying a move for Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi ahead of the summer transfer window, CalcioMercato reports.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a productive season in Serie A, scoring nine goals and contributing five assists in 20 league appearances for his side.

Initially a central forward and now deployed in a wider role, Berardi’s versatility will be appealing to the Gunners, who are said to have ‘activated’ their interest.

However, a reported €50m asking price will make securing a deal difficult and it may be that Berardi is considered as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette, should one of them leave.

Arsenal’s cunning plan for Partey

Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey with a cunning plan for the Ghana international, Libertad Digital reports.

Partey is currently locked in negotiations with the La Liga side regarding an extended deal in the Spanish capital, which would significantly raise his £43m release clause.

However, Arsenal are said to have made contact in a bid to persuade Partey not to put pen to paper on a new deal with Diego Simeone’s side and complete a transfer to the Premier League instead.