Arsenal morning digest for Saturday 25 September
Arsenal receive biggest boost yet in Aouar pursuit
Arsenal have just over a week to conclude a deal for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar before the European transfer window shuts.
However, it appears the club have been given a huge boost, as the French side appear to be lining up a new target.
The Gunners have been unsuccessful in their attempt to use Matteo Guendouzi in a part-exchange deal for the Champions League semi-finalist, but reports out of Italy suggest Rudi Garcia’s side have an eye on AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta as a potential Aouar replacement.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, via the Express , Lyon are preparing to bring the Brazilian to France after he struggled for minutes last season.
The big-money arrival from Flamengo made a strong start after joining Milan during RIno Gattuso’s reign, but the Rossoneri made two changes in the dugout last season and Paqueta started just 12 Serie A games all season.
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Arteta provides latest on Torreira amid Atletico Madrid speculation
Lucas Torreira hasn’t featured all that much during Mikel Arteta’s time at the Emirates Stadium, playing less than 180 minutes of Premier League football since returning from injury in July.
The Uruguayan wasn’t in the 18-man squad for either of Arsenal’s two league games this season, prompting talk of a move to Atletico Madrid – possibly as part of a deal to bring Thomas Partey to north London.
Arteta was asked about Torreira in his press conference ahead of Monday’s meeting with Liverpool, but it appears the midfielder is no closer to an exit.
“We don’t have any update on Lucas or any other player at the moment,” the Arsenal manager said .
“I’m not making decisions because players might leave or stay. It’s just for the players that we see every day in the best possible condition to compete…