Arsenal identify Partey alternative, Man City move for defender and Tottenham enter striker talks

After being unable to convince Atletico Madrid to lower their €50m valuation of Partey, the Gunners have now turned their attentions close to home.

Arsenal are keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Jorginho after getting frustrated in their attempts to secure the services of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, reports Sky Sports.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was the part of the Manchester City side that tried and failed in its pursuit of Jorginho in 2018. The defensive midfielder ended up signing for the Blues from Napoli and has become an important part of the side this season.

Jorginho has captained Chelsea in both of their Premier League games so far this season and is in the long-term plans of manager Frank Lampard who reportedly wants to sell N’Golo Kante to raise funds for the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham.

While Arsenal continue their search for a defensive midfielder, it looks as if they will be bidding farewell to Lucas Torreira in the coming days. The Uruguayan international is yet to feature for the Gunners this season and is inching closer to a loan move to Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal identify Thomas Partey alternative
Chelsea signed Jorginho in a deal worth £50m from Serie A club Napoli in 2018. Image Copyright: imago images / Colorsport / ASHLEY WESTERN

Top News 2: Man City move for Jules Kounde

Manchester City move for Jules Kounde
The 21-year-old joined Sevilla in a club record €27.5m deal last summer (Image Copyright: imago images / Cordon Press / Miguelez Sports)
Despite already bringing in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in a £41m deal, Pep Guardiola’s side are still in the market for a new centre-back.

Manchester City have entered into talks with Sevilla over the potential signing of centre-back Jules Kounde, according to Evening Standard.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been linked with moves for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez over the past few months, with reports in Spain claiming that Atleti has rejected Man City’s £78m bid for their centre-half.

And now it is being reported that the Citizens have decided to wrap up the signing of 21-year-old Kounde who impressed for the Andalusian outfit last season.

The U-21 French star has a buy-out clause of €80m – a figure City weren’t willing to pay until a few days ago citing the financial impact of COVID-19 on the market. It remains to be seen whether they have accepted Sevilla’s valuation or have negotiated a lower transfer fee for the defender.


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Top News 3: Tottenham enter Milik talks

Tottenham enter Milik talks
(Image Copyright: imago images / inside photo / Cesare Purini)

The North London outfit have turned to the Napoli star after being rebuffed in their attempts to sign England international Danny Ings from Southampton.

Tottenham have entered into talks with Napoli over the potential signing of Arkadiusz Milik, reports The Athletic [via Evening Standard].

Jose Mourinho has made it clear over the past few weeks that his side are in the transfer market for a new centre-forward. The Portuguese wants to sign a striker that could be a reliable deputy to Harry Kane and share the goal-scoring burden with the England striker.

Milik, 26, has entered the final 12 months of his existing deal with Napoli and is set to leave Sao Paolo after rejecting his side’ offers for a new contract.

The potential arrival of the Poland international will undoubtedly add more firepower to the Spurs squad given that he scored 11 times in 35 appearances for Gennaro Gatusso’s side last term.

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