Arsenal will follow up their new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by pushing to sign two exciting new midfielders, according to a report.
After months of speculation, Aubamyang finally committed to another contract with the Gunners on Tuesday.
The Gabon international has top-scored for Arsenal in each of the past two seasons. Indeed, he also scored in both the semi-final and final to propel his side to an FA Cup triumph last term.
Tying Aubameyang down was vital for Arsenal’s hopes of progression and the Daily Mirror has now laid out the Gunners’ plans for the remainder of the transfer window.
Manager Mikel Arteta wants two new midfielders in Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar. Atletico Madrid enforcer Partey is a long-term target and his exit fee stands at more than £50million.
Aouar, meanwhile, has blossomed into an exciting creative force at Lyon, despite still only 21 years of age.
The Ligue 1 side want more than £40million for the Frenchman, meaning Arsenal must sell to buy.
Four exits are a priority for Arteta – those of Emiliano Martinez, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
ARSENAL PUSHING FOR FOUR KEY EXITS
Goalkeeper Martinez is close to solving Aston Villa’s need between the sticks, while West Ham are keen on Kolasinac.
Elsewhere, Torreira has received interest from Italy. Indeed, Sky Sports claims Torino are in talks about a loan deal for the Uruguayan with a view to a permanent deal.
Guendouzi, meanwhile, is of interest to Valencia, the Daily Mirror adds. The Frenchman has not played since June when he grabbed Neal Maupay’s throat away at Brighton.
In any case, the newspaper claims Arteta is “expecting” more arrivals and departures. The transfer window for trades between Premier League and European sides closes on October 5.
There is then a second window for deals between top-flight and EFL clubs running until October 16.
Arsenal are also increasingly confident that they can keep Atletico Madrid-linked striker Alexandre Lacazette.