Arsenal transfer rumours: Houssem Aouar setback, Thomas Partey tipped to sign, Sokratis twist

Time is ticking down in this summer’s transfer window.

Arsenal have completed four deals so far with Dani Ceballos returning for another loan spell from La Liga giants Real Madrid, while Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Alex Runarsson are the three permanent signings.

But another midfielder is on the agenda, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey understood to be a key target, whilst Lyon’s Houssem Aouar has also been linked with a move to north London.

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There could also be some exits as players look for fresh starts elsewhere.

The Gunners have until Monday, October 5 to finalise moves in and out at the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta looks to further strengthen his squad.

With that said, here is a round-up of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds.

Sokratis twist

An unnamed Premier League club has joined the race to sign out-of-favour Arsenal defender Sokratis.

The Greek centre-back is poised to leave the Emirates Stadium before next month’s transfer deadline with Italian giants Napoli poised to secure his signature.

However, that could all be about to change according to The Sun, who report that an unnamed Premier League club have joined the race to sign him.

Sokratis has been linked with a move to Napoli (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Napoli’s hopes of signing the former Borussia Dortmund man, of course, rest on whether or not Kalidou Koulibaly, who is being heavily linked with Manchester City, seals an exit.

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Aouar setback

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has handed Arsenal a setback in their attempts to sign Houssem Aouar this summer.

The Gunners very keen on acquiring the playmaker’s services as Arteta looks to overhaul his midfield options.

But they are struggling to raise the funds required to meet the Ligue 1…