Arsenal are hoping to free up wages and space in the squad to sign Thomas Partey before the window shuts at 11pm. The gunners are expected to meet Atletico Madrid’s £45m asking price for Thomas Partey as the Gunners look to secure a Deadline Day deal for the midfielder.

Partey has been linked with Arsenal throughout the window and although his £45m release clause has been an issue – the Gunners are hoping to free up wages and space in the squad before the window shuts at 11pm – with Matteo Guendouzi first out the door on Deadline Day, joining Hertha Berlin on loan.

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira is set to sign for Atletico Madrid on loan, Bayer Leverkusen remains in talks over Sead Kolasinac and the Gunners are listening to offers for Sokratis Papastathopoulos. They have not received any bids for Mesut Ozil, despite Mikel Arteta casting doubts over his future.

Arteta said at the weekend Arsenal were doing what they can to finalize transfers ahead of the deadline – and was confident deals can be done – while Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth has confirmed that a Deadline Day move is on the cards.

“Look, throughout this whole transfer window we know that Arsenal have been after a midfielder,” he said on Monday. “The one that never went away was Thomas Partey.

“We know that Arsenal have been interested in him for the whole window, the issue was the release clause as Atletico will not negotiate with any club on the release clause, so if someone wants to sign him they must pay £45m.

“Now, it is our understanding that Arsenal are pushing once again for Thomas Partey. There is an expectation – not 100 per cent – but there is an expectation that they will meet that £45m release clause.

“Time is running out, 11pm is the deadline, they are looking to get it sorted so Partey can become an Arsenal player.”

The Gunners were previously interested in Chelsea midfielder Jorginhno. A deal for the Italy international is thought to be unlikely, but not impossible.

Houssem Aouar, meanwhile, is no longer thought to be a target after he declared his desire to stay with Lyon. “I want to continue the adventure with the club who raised me,” Aouar told Telefoot over the weekend.

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