Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta eying that Marc Roca, Thomas Partey, alternative


The right-back has enjoyed a fine season, and Arsenal are not the only club who are interested in (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are on the look out for Espanyol’s midfielder Marc Roca as they have to consider alternatives for the Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, according to reports in Spain.

The Gunners are eager to strengthen their midfield during the summer transfer window, but Atleti is playing hardball over a deal for a Partey, with an opening bid of £ 23million, plus Matteo Guendouzi will be rejected.

Arsenal have a very tight budget this summer, due to the financial effect of the corona virus crisis, and it has been seen that they are starting to look for cheaper alternatives to the Partey.

Partey has been Arsenal’s top midfield target, but he cost € 45m in cash (Picture: Getty)

The Gunners have been linked with Porto’s Danilo Pereira, and the Spanish newspaper as Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal are also interested in Espanyol’s defensive midfielder, Roca.

While the 23-year-old enjoyed a strong campaign in the individual, and his team finished bottom of La Liga and were relegated to the second division of Spanish football.

Roca is almost a certainty to be sold, as a result, with Espanyol, as the holding company for the €20million (£18m), less than half of what Atletico requirements for a Partey, but the right-back could be available for even less than that.

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But for Roca it is fine, it shows that there is a lot of competition for his signature with Atletico itself is interesting, along with Sevilla, Villarreal and AC Milan.

Arteta has made no secret of his desire to see a few new faces, this summer will tell us Sky Sports earlier this month, “I am convinced that we are on the same page, and that’s what we’ll be doing our best to develop the team.

Roca has impressed this season in spite of Espanyol’s relegation (Picture: Getty Images)

“In the first place, and the players we already have here, and if there is anything extra in order to help them and provide them with an environment, and then, when we go to the market, and we have to know what to do, in order to decide what to do, and what we can do about it.

“We are ready for it, and so do I, I have a very good relationship with the [technical director] If. We have to work together very closely to put together a plan that we believe can be successful.’

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