Arsenal are reportedly annoyed that Atletico Madrid are being incredibly stubborn during their transfer negotiations over Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira.
Mikel Arteta made Partey his No 1 target and is trying to raise funds to trigger the Ghana international’s £45million release clause.
Atletico do not want to lose the 27-year-old and are refusing to a lower fee.
The La Liga side are interested in signing Lucas Torreira on loan but do not want him included in Partey negotiations.
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Arsenal are keen to include a mandatory purchase clause in the deal which will see Torreira move to Atletico.
But the cash-strapped Spaniard side do not want to be shelling out on a new midfielder.
Goal claims Arsenal are frustrated by Atletico’s stance on Partey and Torreira, even if personal terms have been agreed with the latter.
The Gunners are desperate to bring in midfield reinforcements and have also highlighted Lyon’s Champions League semi-finalist Houssem Aouar.
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It is unlikely Arsenal will be able to afford both stars but former striker Kevin Campbell has backed them to break the bank.
“Central midfield is the key area for Arsenal and there’s talk of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, from Lyon and I think they’re the two key positions,” he told GentingBet.
“Thomas Partey is a defensive type midfielder, but he’s got so much to his game, he can go box to box and really, he can do it all.
“Aouar is a creative player who can play numerous positions across midfield and even across the front.
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“So, I think those are the two players been heavily linked to the club and are in talks of coming in.
“I think Arteta and Edu will get it done, in the end. I’m not sure how quick it will be and it might be right up to the to the deadline date, but I think Arsenal will get it done.”
Meanwhile, Arteta spoke yesterday that he still has work to do in the transfer window.
“We are still open to improve our team,” he said. “We are looking for different options depending on what happens with our players here.
“We are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”
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