Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Thomas Partey boost, defender exit, Folarin Balogun update

The summer transfer window will close at the new time of October 5 this season, and Arsenal are one of many clubs eager to do business before that deadline still. 

The Gunners started their campaign with an emphatic win against Fulham, but if Mikel Arteta’s ambitions are to be realised, they will need further changes to the squad. So far the club have completed deals for Willian, Gabriel Magalhães, Dani Ceballos and Cedric Soares, and they are targeting more. 

The news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed a new three-year deal has boosted the club, and if Arteta can add some more new faces it will be considered a rousing success by Gunners fans. 

With that in mind here are the Arsenal rumours for Wednesday, September 16.

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Atletico reject Inter approach for Partey 

Atletico Madrid have turned down an approach from Inter Milan for Arsenal target Thomas Partey, according to Tutto Mercato (via Inside Futbol).

The Spanish giants have made it clear they will not sell Partey for anything less than his release clause, with Arsenal said to be leading the chase for his signature. Antonio Conte has been keen to add a defensive midfielder to his side and had previously been targeting Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. 

Partey has now emerged as another viable option, although it would require the club to pay his €50million release clause. Atletico have made it clear they will not negotiate on price for the midfielder. The news of Inter’s failure will serve as a boost to Arsenal as they look to construct an acceptable bid before the transfer window shuts.

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