Good evening, Arsenal fans. Here are your evening headlines for Saturday, September 5.
Arsenal target three key deals following Ceballos return
Arsenal technical director Edu is targeting two more transfers and a key contract extension before the summer transfer window closes.
The Gunners have so far sealed a second season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and permanent deals for Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.
Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes have also been signed from Chelsea and Lille respectively.
However, Arsenal still want to secure deals for midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar in the coming weeks.
The Gunners have been linked with Atletico Madrid star Partey all summer, however, they have so far opted not to meet his £45 million release clause.
A move for Lyon midfielder Aouar could cost the Gunners a similar fee to the Ghanaian international but, following his stand-out Champions League performances last month, his price tag may have increased to over £50m.
Edu’s third key issue to resolve is the future of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with his current deal expiring in 2021.
Arsenal remain confident the former Borussia Dortmund star will extend his stay in north London, with a three-year deal on the table for the 31-year old.
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Sokratis set for Napoli switch
Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopolous has moved a step closer to joining Serie A side Napoli.
The Italian giants have been heavily linked with a move for the Greek international in recent weeks as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly.
And according to reports in Il Mattino, via Sports Witness, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club are currently in talks over a deal for the Arsenal defender.
The Gunners are reportedly prepared to let the 32-year old, whose contract expires in…