Arsenal transfer round up: Gunners eye £32m striker and prepare to Partey

Arsenal may have won their last two games, but there will still be plenty of work to do for manager Mikel Arteta in the forthcoming transfer window.

The Gunners beat struggling Norwich City 4-0 in midweek and edged Sheffield United 2-1 last Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

But that does not hide the fact Arteta needs to clear the decks at the Emirates and bring in new faces to give the Gunners fresh impetus going into the 2020/21 season.

And with limited funds to play with, Arteta will have to work harder than most to find those value-for-money deals.

Dutch forward 'would cost £32m'

Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst has been attracting attention from clubs across Europe, including Arsenal.

The Dutchman has scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for the Bundesliga club this season, with the Gunners reportedly taking a keen interest, according to German publication Bild.

The report claims Arteta wants to add to his strike force due to uncertainties over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Weghorst, 27, has scored at least 16 goals in each of his four seasons for Wolfsburg and previous club AZ Alkmaar. Bild also claimed he would cost in the region of £32m.

He could just be the player Arsenal need, but Newcastle United are also believed to be interested.

Partey time at Arsenal

Arsenal are reported to be in pole position to sign Thomas Partey, their primary target this summer.

According to Spanish media outlet AS, the Gunners are ready to triple the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s current salary to take him to the Emirates.

AS claims Napoli are also in for the 27-year-old as a replacement for Brazilian Allan, and are prepared to offer striker Arkadiusz Milik in part exchange.

However, the Spanish publication says the Serie A side will not be able to match the deal Arsenal have offered Partey, who has a £45m release clause in his Atletico contract.

Arteta wants Partey to be the focal point of a new-look midfield next season, with La Razon claiming the Gunners are ready to match his release clause.

Kolasinac could be part of defensive exodus

Arsenal seem set for a defensive clear-out this summer, and Sead Kolasinac is reportedly on the list of players who will leave.

The Times claims Arteta wants to sell a number of his centre-halves, plus full-back Kolasinac.

Arsene Wenger signed the Bosnian international on a free transfer from German side Schalke 04 in the summer of 2017.

And, with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2022, it may make sense for Arsenal to cash on him sooner rather than later.

Kolasinac, who has made 96 appearances for the club, has dropped behind Kieran Tierney in the pecking order at the Emirates.

Mhiktaryan’s free move could save Arsenal £10m

The Times also reports that Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be allowed to join Roma on a free transfer this summer.

The publication claims the Gunners will save up to £10m in wages if they let the Armenian leave for nothing.

Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in January 2018 as part of the deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

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But the 31-year-old has failed to shine in his 18 months at the Emirates and at the start of this season was loaned to Roma, where he has linked up with former United team-mate Chris Smalling.

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