2.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Partey ‘to earn over £200,000-a-week’, Quincy Promes £25m interest, Willian LATEST – The Sun

THOMAS PARTEY remains Arsenal's top target this transfer window, but the Gunners reportedly MUST meet his £45m release clause up front to push the deal through.

And the Gunners are also said to be looking to sign Quincy Promes from Ajax in a £25m deal.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • PART WITH CASH

    Arsenal will reportedly have to stump up over £200,000-a-week in wages to land Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

    The Athletic’s David Ornstein revealed on his Ask Ornstein podcast that it is his understanding the Gunners will have to pay a handsome salary to the Ghanaian midfielder, if he arrives at the Emirates.

    Mikel Arteta’s side will have to meet Atleti’s £45million release clause to broker a deal.

    The FA Cup winners have made Partey their No1 midfield target as they look to add depth to their options in the middle of the park.

    With Matteo Guendouzi jettisoned from the squad and likely to head for the exit, Arteta needs another central midfielder.

    On loan star Dani Ceballos is also yet to sort out his future but as it stands will head back to Real Madrid for next season.

  • TOR DE FORCE

    Arsenal are reportedly open to trading in Lucas Torreira for Roma's Amadou Diawara.

    The Italian side have been taken over by US billionaire Dan Friedkin and Gazzetta dello Sport claim they are very keen to continue their “excellent” relationship with the Gunners established by predecessor James Pallotta.

    Torreira hasn't started a match since January, was linked to a move back to Serie A last summer and has stated it would be “for the best” if he left the Emirates.

  • KEEP SHIELDING

    Arsenal and Liverpool fans will reportedly not be allowed into Wembley for the Community Shield.

    The showpiece is due to take place in the capital on August 29.

    It was put forward as being the first game to allow supporters in since lockdown in March with the Government initially backing the idea.

    Now the Football Association has abandoned plans to use the clash between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners as a test event.

    The decision is due to other pilot events in sports such as racing, snooker and cricket being cancelled.

  • CASHFLOW RELIEF

    Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors.

    While the money is still due to be paid, the 20 clubs voted not to claw back any cash for this term.

    Instead, repayments will now be paid over the next two seasons in a boost to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    That will save champions Liverpool an estimated £21m for their cash-hit 2019-20 accounts, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s side will bank around £174m for the campaign.

  • SHOW A BIT OF GLOVE

    Arsenal legend David Seaman has complained about new photos of the Gunners' legendary back four.

    Quoting a Lee Dixon tweet featuring Steve Bould, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and Dixon, the former Highbury keeper said: “Why am I not in the background?!”

  • COQ OF THE WALK

    Former Arsenal ace Francis Coquelin has joined Villarreal after leaving Valencia.

    The ex-North London ace joins Unai Emery's side after leaving the Mestalla for £12.6m.

    Coquelin, 29, left the Emirates in January 2018 and has been at Valencia since.

  • ROD FOR THEIR OWN BACK

    AC Milan are on the verge of signing Swedish starlet Emil Rodback from under Arsenal’s noses.

    The Gunners have been close to signing the 17-year-old Hammerby ace all summer.

    There were even reports he had taken part in training sessions at London Colney.

    But the Rossoneri are now ahead of Arsenal in a deal for Rodback, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

  • CHAMBER OF SECRETS

    Fulham are considering a move to sign Arsenal defender Calum Chambers as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.

    Chambers, 25, had a successful season on loan at Craven Cottage two years ago when he was voted the club’s Player of the Year.

    Now Fulham boss Scott Parker is keen to bring the former England international back on a permanent deal.

    Chambers has been sidelined since suffering a ruptured cruciate during his one and only appearance for new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta last December.

    But he is back in training and expects to be ready to return to action by the end of next month.

    Chambers cost £12million when he joined Arsenal from Southampton six years ago but has rarely been a first team regular during his time at the Emirates.

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  • HIGGY STAR DUST

    Juventus will reportedly offer Arsenal a choice of Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Gunners are hoping to reduce their wage bill this summer transfer window while creating funds for new signings.

    The French striker could be one of the stars to depart with the Italian champions keen on the hitman.

    And The Athletic claims new boss Andrea Pirlo is ready to offer Mikel Arteta his choice of three men to help facilitate a deal.

    Striker Higuain, who turns 33 in December, is unlikely to interest the North London outfit, with the combination of his age and high wages making him an unattractive proposition.

    It has also been claimed winger Costa looks unlikely to be heading to Arsenal.

  • PARTEY TIME?

    Thomas Partey remains Arsenal's top target but David Ornstein states that Atletico Madrid will not budge on their demands for his £45m release clause to be paid in full.

    He told The Athletic's Tifo Podcast: “It's not as straightforward as some may think, because Arsenal will have to pay the release clause in one go, as is the case in Spain.

    “That will also have tax on top of it, which will add a few more million euros.

    “And Thomas Partey will command a very high salary, I'm told in excess of two hundred thousand pounds a week.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    SunSport can reveal the Gunners are eyeing a £25million move for Ajax ace Quincy Promes.

    Arsenal were linked with the Dutch forward, 28, last year following some excellent displays.

    Promes scored 16 goals and added five assists in 28 games before the coronavirus lockdown ended the Eredivisie season.

    Liverpool have been hot on the trail of the winger in the past.

    But Mikel Arteta, who has already moved for out of contract Brazilian Willian, is keen to bring Promes to North London and kickstart his summer transfer plans.

    A source close to the player told SunSport: “Quincy would go in a heartbeat.

    “It would be a great move for him – and Arsenal.”

    But the club have been dealt a blow after Real Madrid have reportedly decided to keep Dani Ceballos following a review into their Champions League exit.

    According to Spanish publication AS, Los Blancos want the Spanish midfielder back for pre-season after his strong end to the season with Arsenal.

    The report adds that Ceballos' impressive displays against Manchester City and Chelsea in the FA Cup caught the eye.

    It is now claimed he is being viewed as a replacement for 34-year-old Luka Modric.

    Lastly, Arsenal could reportedly sign Douglas Costa in a swap deal that would see them offload Alexandre Lacazette.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners are open to allowing the Frenchman to leave via a swap.

    That has sparked the interest of Juventus, with the report adding that either Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero could be sent to the Emirates Stadium in return for Lacazette.

  • CHAMBER OF SECRETS

    Fulham are considering a move to sign Arsenal defender Calum Chambers as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.

    Chambers, 25, had a successful season on loan at Craven Cottage two years ago when he was voted the club’s Player of the Year.

    Now Fulham boss Scott Parker is keen to bring the former England international back on a permanent deal.

    Chambers has been sidelined since suffering a ruptured cruciate during his one and only appearance for new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta last December.

    But he is back in training and expects to be ready to return to action by the end of next month.

  • PHIL THE GAP

    Arsenal have been named as the only solution to Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho problem.

    According to Spanish publication Sport, via Sport Witness, the Catalans see the Gunners as the perfect solution to their 'two-way problem'.

    The report claims that Coutinho has decided he doesn't want to play for Barcelona anymore – the first problem.

    The Spanish giants also want to lower their wage bill – the second problem – and hope Arsenal come forward to take him on loan which could suit both parties.

  • NO GIFT FOR THE GAB

    Arsenal reportedly turned down the possibility of signing Gabriel Magalhaes in January.

    The Independent claim the Gunners had the chance to do a deal during the winter window but the club’s financial situation put a stop to the transfer.

    Mikel Arteta has since continued his interest in the Brazilian defender this summer but faces competition from Manchester United and Everton.

  • DANI BOY

    Arsenalhave been told that they will have to pay around £27m if they want to buy Danilo Pereira from Porto.

    According to O Jogo (via Daily Mail), the Gunners only want to pay a maximum of £18m for the Portugal international.

    Pereira, 28, featured 37 times in all competitions last season.

  • EXPENSIVE PARTEY

    Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is reportedly seeking an annual salary of £10.4million-a-year to join Arsenal this summer.

    According to the Athletic, the Ghanaian is keen on a move to the Emirates.

    Yet Partey wants a weekly salary of £200,000-a-week which would make him one of the highest earners at the club.

  • FAKE NEWS

    Aaron Ramsey's representatives have slammed Juventus exit reports as “nonsense.”

    Reports emerged that new boss Andrea Pirlo was planning to flog the midfielder as he plans a major squad clear out.

    Ramsey, 29, was limited to just 11 Serie A starts in his debut campaign at the Old Lady under Maurizio Sarri.

    But he will be hoping Pirlo's appointment will help kick-start his career in Italy under the former midfield maestro.

    Following speculation that Ramsey was heading for the exit door, his management team Avid Sports & Entertainment commeted on Twitter: “Nonsense.”

  • RAM-GO

    Aaron Ramsey will be allowed to leave Juventus just over 12 months after he joined from Arsenal.

    Transfer expert Ian McGarry the Transfer Window podcast: “What interests us the most is the news that we can bring you that Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who himself only moved to Turin last summer, is made available on a free transfer.

    “Remember he joined from Arsenal for free in the summer of 2019 but is being allowed to leave after a disappointing first term in Italian football.

    “It's our understanding that, with no transfer fee, Ramsey's salary in the remaining years of a very lucrative contract worth €150,000 net per week, he will receive some compensation on that to make it easier for him to go and there is interest from one Premier League club who we understand to be Everton.

    “Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign an attacking midfielder who can also break up play, the old classic [Frank] Lampard role of box-to-box of course.

    “However, that salary would definitely be a problem for Everton to match.

    “But there's also interest from Napoli and Roma, where because of tax laws in Italy they certainly can, and if they're able, be willing to match Ramsey's current earnings.”

  • QUIN IT TO WIN IT

    Exclusive by Steve Brenner: Arsenal are eyeing a £25million move for Ajax ace Quincy Promes.

    The Gunners were linked with the Dutch forward, 28, last year following some excellent displays.

    Promes scored 16 goals and added five assists in 28 games before the coronavirus lockdown ended the Eredivisie season.

    Liverpool have been hot on the trail of the winger in the past.

    But Mikel Arteta, who has already moved for out of contract Brazilian Willian, is keen to bring Promes to North London and kickstart his summer transfer plans.

    A source close to the player told SunSport: “Quincy would go in a heartbeat.

    “It would be a great move for him – and Arsenal.”

  • DAN DOWN

    Real Madrid have reportedly decided to keep Dani Ceballos following a review into their Champions League exit.

    According to Spanish publication AS, Los Blancos want the Spanish midfielder back for pre-season after his strong end to the season with Arsenal.

    The report adds that Ceballos' impressive displays against Manchester City and Chelsea in the FA Cup caught the eye.

    It is now claimed he is being viewed as a replacement for 34-year-old Luka Modric.

  • NO LACKING

    Arsenal could reportedly sign Douglas Costa in a swap deal that would see them offload Alexandre Lacazette.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners are open to allowing the Frenchman to leave via a swap.

    That has sparked the interest of Juventus, with the report adding that either Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero could be sent to the Emirates Stadium in return for Lacazette.

  • GIFT FOR GAB

    Arsenal are reportedly set to go head-to-head with Manchester United for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    According to L'Equipe the Brazilian will make a final decision on his future later this week, with Everton and Napoli also interested.

    Arsenal would be expected to shelve out £27million plus add-ons for the highly-rated centre-back.

  • WAG£ WAR$

    The biggest wage bills in Europe have been revealed – with FOUR Premier League teams in the top ten including Arsenal.

    With the domestic 2019-20 season now done and dusted, the annual wage bills have been revealed by SafeBettingSites.

  • REAL BLOW

    Dani Ceballos may have dropped a hint regarding his future after he was snapped wearing a Real Betis shirt on Monday night.

    The 24-year-old has shown he still has a soft spot for his former side, who he made his debut with in 2014 after coming through their academy.

    Ceballos – who has never shied away from the love he has for the Andalusian outfit – faces an uncertain summer at Real Madrid.

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