Arsenal transfer round-up: Philippe Coutinho ‘formula’ and Thomas Partey advice

Arsenal transfer round-up: Philippe Coutinho 'formula' and Thomas Partey advice

The 2019/20 season is over for Arsenal following the FA Cup final success against Chelsea, with the club now turning their attention to the transfer window.

Willian has officially arrived from Chelsea as the Gunners prepare for next season with hopes of rejuvenating their squad, although the financial uncertainty and staggered season-end dates for clubs means that there is an added level of disarray.

However, Arsenal are said to have a few irons in the fire and are hopeful of concluding several deals this summer, alongside potentially moving on a few of their current first-team squad.

We look at all the latest transfer news surrounding the club.

Philippe Coutinho faces an uncertain future

Gunners ‘formula’ for Coutinho deal

Arsenal have ‘proposed a formula’ that will allow them to land playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer.

That is according to a report in Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Sport Witness, who say the Gunners hope to sign the player on a loan deal with an option to buy.

The former Liverpool playmaker’s loan deal at Bayern expires this summer and it is said that Barcelona are desperate to move him on again, with Arsenal strongly linked.

Coutinho netted twice and provided another in a remarkable cameo against his parent club in Friday night’s incredible 8-2 victory for Bayern, bringing his future into renewed focus.

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has told talkSPORT: “We’re still waiting until the season finishes before we start talking about anything in terms of transfers. I’ve always said that he loves to play in the Premier League.

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“He enjoyed his time very much and if the opportunity arises to come back to the Premier League, whether it be this year or in the future, he’s definitely looking at that.”

Gabriel Magalhaes has attracted plenty of attention

Lille confirm Gabriel exit

The president of Lille has confirmed in-demand central defender Gabriel Magalhaes is leaving the club this summer.

The Brazilian has been linked with a host of clubs, including Arsenal, and his suitors have been given a significant boost by the latest comments.

“Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league,” Lille president Gerard Lopez told BBC Sport.

“The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen].

“We are there now, so we told him: ‘Eventually you have to make a decision but we’re not pressing you.’ I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we’ve given the OK for that.

“There’s a lot of competition. He’s a young player so he’s got to make sure he makes the right decision. We help him out a little bit so we tell him: ‘We think this might be the right manager or club for you.’

“He’s got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.”

Thomas Partey is an Arsenal target

Partey told to reject Gunners move

Ghana national team boss Charles Akonnor has advised Thomas Partey to stay at Atletico Madrid and reject any interest from Arsenal.

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The central midfielder is said to be a prime transfer target for the Gunners but Atleti are in no mood to negotiate down on his £45million release clause.

Partey has starred for Los Rojiblancos this season and would represent a significant coup for the Gunners, but Akonnor does not believe it would be a good move for the player.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,” Akonnor told Starr FM, as cited by Metro.

“With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners]. I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”

Arsenal confirm Sanllehi exit

Arsenal have confirmed that the club’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi has left the club with immediate effect.

The former Barcelona Director of Football initially joined the north London club as Head of Football Relations in February 2018 before his promotion later that year after Ivan Gazidis joined AC Milan.

Managing director Vinai Venkatesham will now replace Sanllehi in that role as the club continue to alter their personnel off the pitch.

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