Arsenal receive discount on midfielder Mikel Arteta plans to partner with Thomas Partey

Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of midfielder Marc Roca, reports claim. With Espanyol now relegated from the Spanish top-tier the club have dropped their asking price.

Espanyol were officially relegated after their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.

The club mustered five wins in 36 fixtures despite spending approximately £55million on new players ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

The Barcelona-based side doubled their previous club-transfer record on £18.45m Raul de Tomas along with Matias Vargas and Adrian Embarba.

And, according to La Razon, their relegation will see them offload several players including Arsenal target Marc Roca.

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The ball-winning midfielder, who joined the club as a 12-year-old, is on Mikel Arteta’s radar in the upcoming transfer window.

The Spanish publication claim Arteta ‘dreams’ of his arrival at the Emirates and would like partner him with Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

Roca, 23, is only under contract until June 2022 and Espanyol are now likely to sell for less than the players £35million release clause.

La Razon report that Espanyol will now green-light a deal for between £18m-£22.5m.

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The player has also changed his representation recently, leaving JM10 Sport to join Promoesport – an agency who also represent Premier League duo Adama Traore and Eric Bailly.

It’s thought Arsenal are favourites to secure his signature having ‘shown the most interest’ to date.

But Real Madrid and Everton could provide stiff competition.

Zinedine Zidane’s heavyweights have delayed their approach for Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga until the summer of 2021 and Roca is considered a cheaper alternative.

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