1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey LATEST, Bellerin 'to join PSG', Ceballos loan, Aubameyang new contract
ARSENAL are closing on on retaining the services of Real Madrid ace Dani Cellabos on loan.
And there is also updates on Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the brink of new contract and Hector Bellerin's link with PSG.
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TOR OF DUTY
Arsenal will let Lucas Torreira leave for Fiorentina once Dani Ceballos' loan is finalised, according to reports.
According to Labaro Viola, Fiorentina are ready to take advantage by taking Torreira on a season-long loan worth £8m.
They will then pay another £16m fee to make it permanent next summer.
AWAY WIT IT
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SOK IT TO ME
Arsenal outcast Sokratis is doing everything he can to leave the club, according to reports.
The Greek defender is reportedly set to sign for Napoli in a £3.5million deal.
And he is desperate for the move to go through, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
Sokratis is said to be keen to link up with his old friends – manager Gennaro Gattuso and defender Kostas Manolas.
Cambridge United will host the first TWO competitive games on English soil in front of fans since MARCH next week.
EFL chiefs have selected the Abbey Stadium EFL Trophy clash with Fulham under-21s on Tuesday and next weekend’s opening League Two match with Carlisle as official Government-approved test events.
Cambridge will be allowed to have up to 1,000 fans inside for the first game with a capacity of 2,500 for the clash with the Cumbrian outfit.
Fans will be allowed both in seats and standing on terraces as part of the pilot, which will be overseen by crowd dynamics experts Movement Strategies.
EFL chiefs hope two successful events will speed up the nationwide return of fans.
BEN AND GONE
Arsenal starlet Ben Sheaf is joining Championship new boys Coventry on loan – with a view to a £750,00 permanent move.
The 22-year-old midfielder was borrowed by League One Doncaster last season – before publicly stating he was targeting a breakthrough with the Gunners this term.
But instead the Emirates academy product is on the move for the third time in two years, having first played senior football in a temporary spell with Stevenage.
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Thomas Lemar has snubbed an offer from Porto as he dreams of a Premier League switch.
AS claims the Atletico Madrid winger is holding out for approaches from interested parties Everton and Wolves.
Lemar was once linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd after a £62million move to Spain in 2018.
But he failed to score a single goal last season and his stock has fallen as a result.
THE BOY DAN GOOD
Dani Ceballos is in London (again) to sign his Arsenal contract (again) and come to the North London club on loan for the season (again).
The midfielder, 24, is clearly keen to link up again with Mikel Arteta and try and get Arsenal into the top four.
Now there is a signing that makes Arsenal a better team.
MORE ON GUENDOUZI
Speaking ahead of the Community Shield victory against Liverpool, Mikel Arteta claimed that Guendouzi will be handed a fresh start under him.
He said: “I have spoken to Matteo during the break and I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero.
“What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.
“I have told Guendouzi that at the moment he’s like any other player in the squad.
“He deserves to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to the best of my capability.”
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And, of course, the TV channels they are on.
Arsenal reportedly rejected the chance to sign Donny van de Beek as he was not seen as good “value for money”.
The 23-year-old completed his £39million transfer from Ajax to Manchester United this week.
According to journalist Patrick Juan, the Gunners could have signed Van de Beek ahead of the Red Devils.
But Arsenal rejected the opportunity as they did not think his £39m valuation was accurate.
The Dutchman's agent, Sjaak Swart, confirmed Arsenal wanted to sign him this summer.
He said: “They really wanted him, but they couldn't get the money for the transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle.
“Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”
DOUZ NO DEAL
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly rejected the chance to bring Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi to Ligue 1.
Les Parisiens have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old all summer, with the Gunners said to be demanding a £40million fee.
The North Londoners are keen to offload the ex-Lorient midfielder as they look to raise funds to activate Thomas Partey's release clause at Atletico Madrid.
Guendouzi has been frozen out of the squad ever since his antics away at Brighton on June 20.
But in a blow for Arsenal, PSG apparently have no intention of signing the French youth international.
According to the Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel's side have turned down the player as they have no interest in him.
However they do state that PSG remain keen on prising right-back Hector Bellerin away from the Emirates.
THEY’RE TAKING THE PP
Fuming Premier League chiefs have announced it has cancelled its broadcast contract in China.
It has been reported that the television deal with Chinese broadcaster PPTV has been terminated due to an unpaid fee of £160million.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory.”
In November 2016, the Premier League signed its biggest TV deal outside the UK when Suning Holdings paid £564m to broadcast matches for three years, from 2019-2022, via its digital channel PPTV.
The loss of income for the Premier League will be significant and could have an impact on clubs' finances.
Suning's failure to pay coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, which forced a worldwide sporting shutdown.
Premier League clubs considered negotiating a new payment plan with Suning or terminating the deal last month and have voted for the latter at Thursday's shareholder's meeting.
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