Paper Talk: Arsenal turn to cheaper Plan B as Partey deal collapses

Date published: Monday 24th August 2020 8:22

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Arsenal are ready to move for a transfer alternative after a move for Thomas Partey hit a brick wall, while Chelsea’s bid to sign a £50m man looks set to collapse, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.

 

RAFINHA ON ARSENAL RADAR AMID THOMAS PARTEY FEARS

Arsenal are leading the chase to sign Barcelona outcast Rafinha, according to reports.

The midfielder has just completed a season-long loan deal with Celta Vigo, but will return to his parent club.

Now, according to Spanish publication Sport, the midfielder has been put up for sale at €16m.

The Gunners aren’t the only side interested, however. He’s also being watched by Everton and West Ham, while Lazio are also keen.

Sport, however, claim the midfielder would prefer a move to the Premier League.

He could, ironically, come up against his brother with Thiago Alcantara strongly linked with Liverpool. Bayern’s boss Hansi Flick cracked a joke about the midfielder’s future after Sunday’s Champions League triumph.

 

It’s reported the Gunners are ready to make their move after seeing their bid for Thomas Partey hit a brick wall.

Mikel Arteta has been keen on the Ghanaian for some time. However, Arsenal are unwilling to pay the £45m exit clause in his contract, reports The Sun. Atletico are also understood to have rejected their proposal to swap him with Matteo Guendouzi.

The Gunners would also have had to have paid £200,000 a week to Partey in wages and it seems the prices mentioned are just too high.

Rafinha would represent a more modest investment, but with a decent track record that also includes Inter Milan, he could prove a shrewd investment.

 

CHILWELL DEAL OFF FOR CHELSEA

Chelsea’s bid to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City in a £50m deal could collapse on Monday. The 23-year-old England defender is set to visit a specialist over his heel injury. (The Sun)

Ben Chilwell

Barcelona have held talks with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over the manager’s job, club presidential candidate Jordi Farre has claimed. (The Sun)

Wolves could move for Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos if they lose Adama Traore this summer. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are plotting as £30m approach to Celtic to sign striker Odsonne Edouard. (The Sun)

Pepe Reina is set to bid farewell to AC Milan with a move to Lazio on a two-year contract on the cards. (The Sun)

Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes has agreed to join Arsenal and will complete a £27m move this week. (The Guardian)

Aston Villa want to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier this summer. (Daily Mail)

 

AND MORE GOSSIP

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Bournemouth will not stand in the way of any players seeking moves – leaving the door for Manchester United to sign winger David Brooks. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is targeting Brentford’s set-piece coach Andreas Georgson as Freddie Ljungberg’s replacement. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho has refused to rule out leaving Barcelona this summer. (Daily Express)

Leeds will have to pay £15m if they are to prise midfield target Lewis Cook away from relegated Bournemouth. (Daily Express)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could put as many as 15 players up for sale as he looks to restructure his first-team squad. (Daily Express)

Rangers are adamant Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos will only be sold if they are paid top dollar for them. (Daily Record)

 

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