5.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar new bid, Torreira ‘AGREES Atletico Madrid deal’, Partey LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL are hoping to secure the signature of Thomas Partey – and may have received a boost with Lucas Torreira set to join his current club Atletico Madrid.

And Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to enter a new bid for Houssem Aouar with Lyon said to have rejected the Gunners' first offer.

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  • FIXTURE FIX

    TV companies have scrambled to make sure all top flight games are televised following the government shelving plans to get some fans back in the stadium next month.

    Sky have just announced their pick for October games before the international break, and Gunners can look forward to the visit of Sheffield United early Sunday afternoon.

  • LUC OUT

    Lucas Torreira has agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid but a deal remains some way off, reports say.

    The Arsenal midfielder could be on his way to Spain but there remains some stumbling blocs before he can book a plane ticket.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the two clubs have yet to settle on a fee.

    The Spanish club also need to sell Hector Herrera first before they can bring in another, it is believed.

  • THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Can you believe it been 29 years since Ian Wright signed for Arsenal?

    What a player he was.

  • COMPARE AND CONTRAST

    Arsenal continue to be overwhelmingly linked to two players – Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

    Here's how they shape up against each other.

  • KICK-OFF TIME TO BE CHANGED

    Liverpool vs Arsenal looks set to be moved from 8.15pm to an 8pm kick-off after new pub lockdown rules would have seen fans miss the end of the game.

    The Government announced pubs must now shut at 10pm in a fresh bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

    However, Liverpool's huge game against Arsenal was due to start at 8.15pm – with fans fearing they'd miss the all-important final ten minutes.

    The Daily Mail are now claiming the Premier League are set to push the game forward 15 minutes, with an 8pm kick-off now on the cards.

    Providing there are no major stoppages for injuries, the game SHOULD now finish at around 9.55pm – just before pubs slam their doors shut.

  • REVENUE KO

    Football fans were dealt a bitter blow on Tuesday after the Government announced they had “paused” plans to allow supporters back into stadiums to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    And they show that the current Premier League teams made a combined £692.5m solely from their home games in 2018-19.

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all raked in over £80m that season from home games.

    The Gunners cashed in £96.2m from Emirates matches, while the Reds and Spurs pocketed £84.2m and £81.7m respectively.

    Chelsea (£66.6m) and Manchester City (£56m) were the only other two teams to make over £50m from matchday income two seasons ago.

  • KIE' PASS

    Kieran Tierney has given Arsenal a boost ahead of their clash against Liverpool with the defender set to return to full training later this week.

    The 23-year-old suffered a minor injury in the warm-up before Saturday’s match against West Ham.

    As a result, he was taken out of the starting XI and replaced by Sead Kolasinac, leading Gunners fans to fear he could face a spell on the sidelines.

    Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic last year while carrying a groin problem, and it was that area that he tweaked at the Emirates last weekend.

    But the club have stated that the left-back is almost fully fit ahead of their trip to Anfield on Monday.

    However he will play no part in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

  • GO 'KET 'EM

    Eddie Nketiah could lead the line for Arsenal against Leicester in the Carabao Cup.

    The 21-year-old scored the winner for the Gunners in last weekend's 2-1 win over West Ham.

    Mikel Arteta looks set to rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

    Kieran Tierney is also set to miss out after he was pulled out of the squad to face West Ham.

    Here' is how SunSport predict the Gunners will line up tonight…

  • GUNNER BE FINE

    Arsenal's players were in good spirits in the sunshine at London Colney yesterday.

    William Saliba and Mesut Ozil chilled out on the grass, while Willian and David Luiz made fun of new boy Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The Gunners face Leicester away in the Carabao Cup tonight.

  • NEGATIVE IS POSITIVE

    Arsenal have reportedly returned no positive coronavirus tests despite last Saturday’s opponents West Ham returning three.

    The Hammers, who lost 2-1 to Mikel Arteta’s side at the Emirates, had manager David Moyes plus midfielders Josh Cullen and Issa Diop miss out last night’s Carabao Cup game with Hull.

    That is because they all tested positive for Covid prior to the clash, which the East London outfit won 5-1.

    Following the Premier League match with West Ham, The Athletic claims Arsenal continued testing as normal and held a round of checks on Monday with all negative results being returned yesterday.

    Cullen was not involved during that contest against the Gunners, but Diop featured for the full 90 minutes while Moyes was also on the touchline throughout.

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists the Gunners will take tonight's Carabao Cup trip to Leicester “seriously” – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    “We have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

    Arsenal midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Torreira have been linked with Atletico Madrid and Turkish clubs respectively ahead of the October 5 transfer deadline.

    Atletico's interest in Torreira will intrigue Arsenal fans hoping that the Spanish giants' anchorman Thomas Partey will move to the Emirates.

    Nonetheless, Sky Sports suggest Atletico are still holding out for Partey's £45m release clause.

    ExtraSport claim Egyptian Elneny's agent has been in Turkey for talks after offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    Back home, Arsenal expect injury victims Kieran Tierney and Sokratis to resume full training this week.

    And Emile Smith Rowe should join in within ten days after his crocked right shoulder was taken out of a protective sling.

  • KEEP BUSY AND CARA ON

    Boss Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are taking the Carabao Cup “seriously” ahead of tomorrow's trip to Leicester – despite a crowded schedule.

    Arteta said: “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.

    Maybe not in the first games but when the competition moves a little more forward, how teams – not just ourselves – are going to treat the competition.

    “But we have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”

  • EL OF A MOVE?

    Mohamed Elneny's Arsenal future is in doubt after his agent reportedly travelled to Turkey to deal with offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

    ExtraSport claim the Egyptian midfielder, 28, could yet leave Arsenal before next month’s transfer deadline.

    That’s despite starting two of this season’s first three matches under Mikel Arteta.

    Elneny lined up alongside Granit Xhaka for the Community Shield win against Liverpool before retaining his spot in the Premier League victory over Fulham.

    But he was dropped for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos for the fortunate 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £267million MORE than Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.

    Manchester United are good only for seventh in the table at £719.5m – nearly £300m behind Liverpool.

  • GETTING THE HANG OF TRAINING…

    Arsenal have been gliding along nicely with two wins from their opening two Premier League games.

    And the sky's the limit judging by an unusual observer of their training today – as noted by the club's own Twitter account…

  • OZIL UP FOR CHALLENGE

    Having been replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal's highest-paid player, Mesut Ozil is now just bidding to regain his first=team place.

    And the ex-Germany midfielder, 31, looked happy and positive in training today.

  • TIERNEY BACK

    Arsenal expect injury victims Kieran Tierney and Sokratis to resume full training this week.

    Left-back Tierney suffered a tight groin while centre-back Sokratis had a calf problem.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners say Emile Smith Rowe should be able to join his team-mates for full training within ten days, his right shoulder having come out of a protective sling.

  • LUC COULD BE IN FOR ATLETICO

    Lucas Torreira is close to joining Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN Uruguay.

    Arsenal fans will be hoping that due to playing in a similar position, any move to the Spanish capital for Torreira would move a deal for Thomas Partey closer.

    And while Sky Sports suggest that may well be the case, other sources claim that Atletico are still demanding Partey's £45m release clause be met in full regardless of whether Torreira signs.

  • IT'S GUNNER END EARLY

    Football fans watching Liverpool's home clash against Arsenal on Monday in the pub will miss the last ten minutes of the crunch clash.

    That's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce new Covid-19 restrictions that will see boozers close at 10pm.

    The Premier League clash is set to kick-off at 8.15pm. That means the first half will finish comfortably past 9pm.

    With a 15-minute half-time, the second half and then VAR delays and injury time, it's likely the clock will have ticked to 10.10pm before the whistle is blown.

    And that fixture isn't likely to be the only one beer-loving footie fans will miss the end of when they are shunted out the pub.

    The times for October's games haven't been set yet.

  • TOE THE PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal will have to meet the £46m release clause for Thomas Partey or miss out.

    But Atletico Madrid could be happy to keep the midfielder after letting Alvaro Morata move to Juventus.

    Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.

    “So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.

    “So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.

    “But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”

  • GUNNER REGRET THAT

    Lionel Messi came close to joining Arsenal alongside Cesc Fabregas 17 years ago, according to the Barcelona icon’s former agent.

    Fabiano Soldini revealed Arsene Wenger had identified the Nou Camp skipper as a potential signing during his academy days.

    And alongside Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Messi 33, was one of three possible Wenger targets during his stint in Barca’s famed La Masia.

    And while the former Emirates boss, 70, succeeded in bringing Fabregas to North London, the Argentina playmaker chose to stay at the Nou Camp while Pique, 33, went to Manchester United.

    Soldini told Marca: “[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn't go.

    “I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave [Barcelona]. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn't want to leave.”

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £400million MORE than Arsenal.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.

    Arsenal are in 13th, with a combined value of £582m, which is £404m LESS than the current Premier League champions.

  • PL GUTTED

    Prem chiefs have voiced their frustration at the Government’s push-back that will mean fans cannot return to grounds next month.

    The 20 clubs are losing up to £25m in collective income from every round of games without supporters, with a total of £700m going absent last season alone.

    League bosses calculated the local and national economy is missing out on £200m in spending each Prem match round that fans remain locked out, with clubs losing £100m a month.

    And while the League conceded that “the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority”, there is a growing sense of unhappiness with the Government’s stance.

    A Prem spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

    “The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted.

    “This is already evident in other European leagues.”

  • TOE THE PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal will have to meet the £46m release clause for Thomas Partey or miss out.

    But Atletico Madrid could be happy to keep the midfielder after letting Alvaro Morata move to Juventus.

    Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.

    “So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.

    “So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.

    “But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”

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