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Arsenal handed Thomas Partey transfer boost as Atletico Madrid identified replacement for 26-year-old
Arsenal have handed Thomas Partey transfer boost as Atletico Madrid identified a replacement for 26-year-old defensive midfielder.
Gunner Manager Mikel Arteta is eager to bring the Ghanaian to the Premier League as his looks to construct a new-look spine to the side.
Partey, who one of the Europe’s standout box-to-box midfielder for the past few seasons and the defensive-minded, has been identified as a major target by manager Mikel Arteta.
Atletico Madrid are keen to keep him beyond next season by offering him a new contract until 2025 which reportedly includes both a wage increase and a higher release clause.
But reports in recent week suggested that Partey who has £45million release clause interesting in move Emirates stadium this summer.
And according to FootballGhana, Atletico have lined up a successor to Partey in case they do have to part ways with the African.
They claim Getafe’s Mauro Arambarri is the man in their sights, the 25-year-old having missed just two league matches all season for the fifth-placed Madrid club.
PSG eye up £45million move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Ligue 1 Champions, PSG are reportedly plotting a summer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they look to get ‘value for money’ by landing the Arsena lstriker.
Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal from Dortmund in January 2018, made impressive starting in Premier League, scoring 61 goals in just 97 games.
The Gabon striker is yet to commit his future at Emirates stadium as he stall over a new contract extension and could leave in a cut-price move at the end of the season with just one year left on his contract.
His situation has attracted growing interest from Ligue 1 giants PSG, who believe they can sign the 30-year-old for a fee between £36million and £45million in the summer according to le10sport.
A striker appears to be a priority at the French champions, with a replacement needing to be found for Mauro Icardi.
Arsenal want Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico
Arsenal are reportedly keen on a potential swoop for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his defence option ahead of next campaign.
According to The Sun, Mikel Arteta’s side are pursuing a £20million deal for the left-back and the player is reportedly wants a new challenge.
The reports claims that the 27-year-old is open to a possible switch to the Emirates stadium and wants to try Premier League football for the first time in his career.
The articles explains that the Argentina international has an agreement in place with Ajax to allow his exit in the summer, but only if an acceptable bid arrives for him.
Tagliafico is a highly-rated defender with top experience in the Eredivisie and European football too.
He is an attack-minded full-back who has scored 12 goals and supplied 15 assists in 99 club appearances for Ajax.
Arsenal defender David Luiz hints at transfer departure to Benfica
Arsenal defender David Luiz has opened the door on a return a Benfica when his contract ends next summer with the north London club.
The Brazilian star spent four years with the Portuguese club at the start of his career before joining Chelsea in 2011.
Now, as he enters the final year of his Arsenal contract, the Brazil defender has revealed he is keen on a return to Lisbon.
David Luiz said: ‘I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica. In football everything changes, what is true today, tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not!
‘I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Light in their colours.
‘For all that I lived and felt, for what Benfica is in my life and in my history, for everything, Benfica is bigger than any player.’
Arsenal confirm they will refund ticket holders
Gunners have confirmed that supporters will be entitled to refunds for any match tickets or hospitality purchased before the Premier League’s enforced break due to the pandemic.
This comes as a result of the remainder of the 2019/20 season being played behind closed doors, meaning fans would not be able to attend either home or away matches when football resumes.
‘As previously stated, supporters will be entitled to a credit or refund for any match tickets or hospitality they have already purchased for future behind-closed doors matches in the 2019/20 season,’a statement on Arsenal’s official website read.
‘Whether as part of a season ticket or for an individual match, supporters will be offered a credit for next season or a refund. This behind-closed doors credit will be in addition to the two unused cup credits already due to general admission season ticket holders.
‘The process to credit/refund supporters who have purchased match tickets and orhospitality for these fixtures will begin immediately. Full details and timings will be communicated directly to fans.
‘Information regarding season ticket and membership renewals for next season will be updated as soon as we have more clarity on future possible timings of the 2020/21 season.’
Arsenal keen to swap Alexandre Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar
Arsenal are reportedly ready to swap striker Alexandre Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar.
It comes after the north London club confirmed they are ready to take ‘serious’ disciplinary action after Alexandre Lacazette was pictured inhaling ‘hippy crack.’
Lacazette, 28, who is on £180,000-a-week, could face a maximum two weeks’ fine as a result after pictures emerged of him inhaling from a balloon at his home last week.
The Gunners tried to sign Lemar, 24, from Monaco, but lost out when he joined the LaLiga side in 2018.
But two years on Lemar has fallen out of favour at the Wanda Metropolitano as struggled to hit up form in Spain.
The 24-year-old started just 11 games for Atletico this season, while Diego Simeone has even admitted that the midfielder ‘hasn’t been able to live up to expectations’ since his €70million (£62m) move from Monaco in 2018.
According to AS, Atletico Madrid are willing to use Lemar as a bargaining tool in order to land top target Lacazette.
Lacazette, meanwhile, had a good start at the Emirates, netting 36 goals across his first two seasons in North London.