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Arsenal ready to submit £27million bid as Mikel Arteta eyes Lucas Torreira upgrade

Mikel Arteta is hoping to overhaul Arsenal’s midfield this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are preparing to tempt Roma with an opening £27million bid for midfielder Amadou Diawara after abandoning their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta has largely focused his efforts so far this summer on strengthening his defence. After securing new deals for Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and David Luiz, Arsenal are preparing to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille imminently.

With captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to commit his future to the club, Arteta’s most pressing concern now centres on bolstering his central midfield.

With Mateo Guendouzi still in exile and Dani Ceballos back at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell in north London, Granit Xhaka represents the only senior and in favour midfielder available to Arteta ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley.

Torreira shone during his first season at Arsenal following his £24million move from Sampdoria but struggled when Unai Emery deployed him in a more attacking role at the start of last term.

Lucas Torreira has struggled to…