Arsenal are giving themselves a big obstacle as they try to secure a Lucas Torreira clause in their negotiations for Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.
The Gunners have got one week left to land their targets – and are pulling out all the stops to secure their signatures.
Lyon midfielder Aouar, who helped his side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season, has emerged as a target due to his connection with former Ligue 1 forward Alexandre Lacazette.
While Partey, who is into his sixth season with Atletico Madrid, has been a long-time admirer of the north London side.
It has seen Mikel Arteta try to get players out the other way, with Torreira even being offered to the Spanish side in a swap deal.
La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are admirers of Torreria and are currently locked in talks with Arsenal over a season-long loan for the 24-year-old.
But Tuttosport have reported that Arsenal are causing their own problems as they insist on a mandatory purchase clause.
The Gunners want to confirm they will get a fee for the midfielder rather than waiting a year for him to impress a new club enough to trigger the option.
Atletico are not the only interested party as Serie A side Torino have also been asking about the former Sampdoria man.
While Italian chief Davide Vagnati said the deal is “complicated”, the clause would allow the north London side to spend heavily on their transfer targets.
Arteta was quizzed about Arsenal's pursuits of the pair ahead of this evening's trip to Anfield to play Premier League champions Liverpool.
The Spaniard refused to be drawn on the matter but admitted the club have found it a lot harder than the Reds to acquire their targets this summer.
“We are in different moments as clubs, with the success they had over the years and how stable they have been in the Champions League and Premier League,” he said.
“We just try to get the right momentum by doing the deals we believe are going to make us stronger and, with the resources we have at the moment.
"We try to push as hard as we can as a team to do it as quick as possible.”
Arsenal, though, have got “back-up” options on their list if they fail to land either of their midfield targets.
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