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Thursday's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup: Houssem Aouar, Thomas Partey, Philippe Coutinho

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Arsenal on Thursday, September 24.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Arsenal eye possible reinforcements.

The Gunners spent more than many expected last summer - most notably their club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe - but were more reserved in January as they focused on bolstering their defensive options.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium.

Thursday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:

Arsenal 'prioritise move for Thomas Partey over Houssem Aouar'

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey pictured in March 2020© Reuters

Arsenal are reportedly ready to prioritise a move for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey this summer despite being strongly linked with Lyon's Houssem Aouar over the last few weeks.

The Gunners are believed to be determined to sign a new central midfielder before the end of the transfer window but have thus far found it difficult to agree a deal for either of their main targets.

However, according to The Athletic, Mikel Arteta's side are ready to drop their interest in Aouar in order to ensure that they wrap up a deal for Thomas before the deadline at the start of October.

The Ghana international has a £45m release clause in his current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, which is due to run until the summer of 2023.

Thomas was again a key player for Diego Simeone's side during the 2019-20 campaign, making 46 appearances in all competitions, contributing four goals and one assist.

Arsenal will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row at the start of the new season when they welcome champions Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

Arsenal 'not giving up on Philippe Coutinho'

Philippe Coutinho in Bundesliga action for Bayern Munich on February 29, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal reportedly intend to make a fresh approach for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho over the coming weeks.

While the Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Coutinho earlier in the summer transfer window, there has been minimal talk regarding a switch to the Emirates Stadium during September.

Newly-appointed Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman allegedly wishes to keep the Brazil international in his squad for the 2020-21 campaign.

However, according to Sport, Arsenal are not prepared to give up on the former Liverpool man, aware that the Catalan giants may need to boost their financial position.

The Premier League outfit are said to feel confident that Barcelona officials would allow a transfer to take place should they receive a suitable offer.

The La Liga runners-up have recently raised funds with the sales of Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal, while Luis Suarez is also on the brink of signing for Atletico Madrid.

More transfer news from Arsenal:

Arsenal 'suffer blow in Houssem Aouar pursuit'
Arsenal's hopes of signing Houssem Aouar from Lyon this summer reportedly suffer a blow as an unnamed Champions League club enter the race for his signature. Read more.

Arsenal 'identify Amadou Diawara as Thomas Partey, Houssem Aouar alternative'
Arsenal reportedly identify Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara as a possible summer signing. Read more.


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