Arsenal gets transfer boost as Atletico Madrid eyes Napoli midfielder

Marca claims that Atletico Madrid is interested in signing Napoli’s midfielder, Allan, in what should be a boost to Arsenal’s bid to land Thomas Partey.

Partey has emerged as a top target for the Gunners this year as Mikel Arteta looks to rebuild the Arsenal team that he inherited.

The Ghanaian has been in fantastic form for the Madrid side for the past two seasons and his fine performances have attracted the attention of several top teams.

He has been linked with a move to the likes of Juventus and PSG before now, but Arsenal is in pole position to sign him.

The Gunners have reportedly open talks over signing him, but their initial offer fell short of his 50 million euros release clause and the Spaniards are insisting that it must be paid in full.

The latest report that they want to sign Allan might just be a sign that they are preparing just in case the Gunners finally agree to trigger his release clause.

The report claims that they are willing to pay 40 million euros for the Brazilian and that they will speed up their chase if Partey eventually joins Arsenal.

Arsenal’s entire transfer budget remains unclear as they try to spend amidst the troubles of the coronavirus pandemic, but fans will be hopeful that they can reach a compromise with Atleti for Partey.

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16 Comments

  1. Rory johnson says:

    Hes 8/13 to join us which is quite encouraging 😎

    1. Rory johnson says:

      Gabriel magalhaes 1/10 and couthino 1/2

    2. Grandad says:

      I take your point on ESR , ACE and I know Arteta thinks highly of him.I am also a fan,it’s just that the opportunity to sign someone like DS who I believe has a release clause of around 23m seems too good to miss and rather than pay over 10m for Coutinho for one season, surely it makes sense to pay another 13m for a young talent who to my mind is at least on a par with the likes of Grealish,Maddison and Mount .

  2. RSH says:

    Twitter ITK’s are very confident about this one, haha. So many accounts will disappear if this one does not go through. obviously I am desperate for it to happen. Let’s get it done Arsenal!

    1. Grandad says:

      Can you guys see Simeone paying 40m for a guy who will soon be 30, to replace the younger and better Partey?I hope I’m wrong but I have a gut feeling that this very important deal for us is going to fall through.As for Countinho, we should give him a miss and focus on someone like Szoboszlai.

      1. ACE says:

        DS is an incredible talent Grandad
        and AFC would be very fortunate
        if the young lad decided to pack
        up for NL, however the addition
        of the RBS star would signify the
        end of ESR career @ the Emirates
        and Im not sure MA is ready to
        make that decision quite yet.
        The Spaniard has been on record
        a number of times extolling the
        young Englishman’s futboling
        talents and definitely sees a future
        for the lad in Arsenals first team
        setup.

        I dont necessarily want Arsenal to
        pay a king ransom for PC but if
        barca are willing to agree a one
        year loan (£10-15M, including
        wages) the Brazilian IMHO
        becomes a much more attractive
        option.

        Partey and Zakaria are my top
        choices to bolster the midfiled,
        although any one of Diawarra,
        Diallo, Sangare, and Roca would
        be quality additions to the side.

      2. RSH says:

        Grandad, glad we are in agreement about Coutinho. I’d rather get someone with high potential over a player that has struggled in several big clubs. I wouldn’t mind if we did end up with Coutinho tho, I’m just skeptical how he will be and he will command big wages, and Barca will likely add on an obligation to buy clause.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Ibrahim Sangare is younger, taller and would most likely be much cheaper than Partey due to his expiring contract. Abdoulaye Doucoure has plenty of experience in EPL and could also be cheaper than Partey, because of Watford relegation

      We have had Xhaka, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Torreira and Chambers in the deep midfield area, so we just need to buy Ceballos. We don’t have a towering target man and a consistent winger yet, so I hope Arsenal focus on those issues first

      1. RSH says:

        Ive heard some good things about Sangare, but nothing can replace what Partey is, which is a known top footballer with bags of experience and is hitting his prime.

  3. gotanidea says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal have signed Tim Akinola, who was released by Huddersfield last month. Arsenal analysts were impressed so much by Akinola’s combative midfield style, so he was signed without trial

    I hope Arsenal could see our shortcomings in the last season, which were a towering target man and a consistent winger. Arsenal should’ve chased Wout Weghorst and Adama Traore, instead of buying another CB and another DM

    1. Sue says:

      Nice one, GAI and we’ve signed George Lewis too – both went under the radar, hey?!

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah Sue. Their discreet transfers remind me of Pepe’s, which the likes of Ornstein didn’t even know till Sanllehi snapped Pepe up instead of Zaha

  4. Matthew Shannon says:

    Gabriel, Aour and Partey signed would be great business and bring Ceballos back on loan with the option to buy. A midfield of Aour, Ceballos and Partey patrolling the middle and covering in front of our defence would be one of the best in the world. Willian, Auba and Pepe up front and that’s one hell of a creative threat as well as goals.

    1. Kstix says:

      Oh what joy this would bring me. Add Gabriel in there. And we definitely will at the very least be back in the top 4 next season (if injuries favour us).

  5. ACE says:

    Sangare is an incredible
    talent and considering his
    current club Toulouse were
    relegated from Ligue 1 the
    Frenchman would be available
    for peanuts if AFC came calling.
    I do have concerns that he,
    much like Bayoko, Ndombele,
    Kondogbia, etc may have issues
    adjusting to leagues more
    competitive than Ligue 1.

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