Arsenal have finally come to an agreement to offload Thomas Partey for them to sign Two Brazilian star in January – £50m fee have been agreed already
As Arsenal positions themselves as serious contenders in the Premier League title race, Mikel Arteta is already plotting squad reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Gunners, who claimed the top spot on Saturday night, are looking to offload Thomas Partey, with the Ghanaian midfielder set to be absent in January due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Partey, a vital figure in the team last season, has faced fitness challenges this term, prompting consideration of his departure.
Arsenal has a keen interest in Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, an impressive Brazilian midfielder. Despite three failed bids in the past, Arsenal remains interested, but Villa’s reluctance to sell midseason could hinge on a substantial offer.
ESPN reports suggest that Juventus is among the admirers of Thomas Partey, potentially providing an avenue for his departure. The arrival of Declan Rice in the summer has lessened the necessity for Partey in the starting XI, opening the door for a potential reshuffle.
However, financial constraints, given Arsenal’s significant summer spending of around £200 million on Rice, Jurrien Timber, and Kai Havertz, coupled with David Raya’s expected permanent deal, could impact transfer decisions.
With limited funds and compliance with financial regulations, Partey’s potential sale might facilitate a move for Douglas Luiz, though Villa’s manager, Unai Emery, asserts that Luiz is not for sale, considering him a crucial player happy at Villa Park until 2026.
Mikel Arteta might also explore other areas of the squad for reinforcement. Pedro Neto from Wolves, a proven performer in the Premier League, could bring dynamism and depth to the squad, addressing the team’s reliance on Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the flanks.
Another target for Arsenal is Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who, despite a gambling ban, remains in the spotlight for a potential move to a top-six side. Brentford is determined to hold out until the summer before entertaining bids, making Toney a coveted but potentially costly addition.
As Arsenal navigates the complexities of the transfer market, the upcoming window promises intriguing developments for the North London club.