Arsenal technical director Edu has been tipped to switch his transfer tactic in the pursuit of Thomas Partey which could help him land Mikel Arteta’s top target before the October 5 deadline.
From the start of the summer Edu has been working on trying to offload some of the Gunners’ fringe players.
Mikel Arteta was told he must balance the books if he wants to bring any of his key targets in.
Atletico Madrid will not let Partey leave the Spanish capital for any less than his £45million release clause.
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Arsenal have been trying to raise funds for the Ghana international and received £20m from Aston Villa for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Midfielder Lucas Torreira was also closing in on a move to Serie A side Torino which would have provided a major financial boost.
“Now, Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for possible Thomas Partey replacement and they might think Lucas Torreira is of interest and he can part fund a deal for Partey to go the other way.
“It is one to watch. It has not been confirmed by Arsenal but we do know they are listening to offers for Torreira.
“Emiliano Martinez has gone from Arsenal to Aston Villa for an initial £16m, rising to £20m.
“As we know, deals that get done, all of the money is not put up front.
“If they are to get some of the money up front for Lucas Terreira, or it would be done through Atletico Madrid and they would be able to organise some sort of deal.”
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