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Arsenal chief Edu backed to secure £45m Thomas Partey and £53m Houssem Aouar transfers

Arsenal have been backed to sign both Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar from Atletico Madrid and Lyon before the transfer window closes on October 5. Arsenal are eager to strengthen the spine of their side and are hoping to offload players to launch a big-money raid for a new midfielder.

The Gunners have signed Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Dani Ceballos on loan and Runar Alex Runarsson so far this summer.

But Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his side further with the arrival of a top-level midfielder, with Partey and Aouar topping his list.

Ideally, the Arsenal manager would like to bring both players to north London given their different profiles.

Atletico holder Partey is a midfield general while the versatile Aouar is more of an attack-minded final-third creator.

But while Atletico hold out for the Ghanaian’s £45million release clause to be met and Lyon demand around £53m for Aouar, Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell is confident technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta will broker a deal for both of the pair.

Campbell told GentingBet: “Central midfield is the key area for Arsenal and there’s talk of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, from Lyon and I…