8.20pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey transfer LATEST, Disasi ‘contact made’, Lovren set to stay at Liverpool – The Sun

ARSENAL continue to wait for news on when the Premier League will return.

The Gunners look set to be busy this summer in the transfer market, with reports suggesting Alexandre Lacazette could head to Atletico Madrid with Thomas Partey heading the other way.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below…

  • KAN'T BELIEVE IT

    Arsenal reportedly missed the chance to sign N'Golo Kante due to a row over agent fees.

    Instead, they got Granit Xhaka.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners were primed to sign current Chelsea star Kante in 2016 when he was at Leicester.

    Fresh from the Foxes' historic Premier League triumph the midfielder had the pick of all the top clubs battling it out for his signature.

    Kante, now 29,  ultimately moved to Stamford Bridge for a snip at £32million.

    And the midfielder has since won another Prem title, and FA Cup and a Europa League crown with Chelsea, as well as the 2018 World Cup with France.

    But it could have been a very different outcome but for an agent-related bust up.

    It is reported that Arsenal backed out of a potential deal for Kante as they were unwilling to stump up what they deemed as excessive cash to pay for the services of associated intermediaries.

    Instead the North London side forked out £35m to lure Swiss hardman Xhaka away from Borussia Monchengladbach.

  • WIELD THE AXE

    Arsenal have reportedly ‘made contact’ with Reims in a transfer swoop for £13m wonderkid Axel Disasi.

    The 22-year-old centre-back had been in scintillating form this season before the coronavirus crisis KO'd Ligue 1 indefinitely.

    The youngster is rated at around £13million and is under contract with the French outfit until 2021.

    A bid from the Gunners was reportedly rejected in January but it seems Mikel Arteta has retained an interest in the wonderkid, with signing a centre-back a priority for the Arsenal boss this summer.

    According to Goal, Arsenal have now formally contacted the French side in a bid to land the defender, who looks certain to leave the Stade Auguste-Delaune at the end of the season.

  • SUNDAY ROUND-UP

    There is plenty of activity going on at the Emirates, despite the Premier League still on hold due to coronavirus.

    Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates at the end of the season.

    And reports claim Mikel Arteta has prioritised signing a defensive midfielder.

    It has been reported that the Gunners have a £43.5m offer on the table for the 26-year-old, who has become an influential player for Atletico under Diego Simeone.

    Arsenal could also decide to offer Atletico target Alexandre Lacazette to the Spanish side in a swap deal for Partey.

    While Dejan Lovren has hinted he will be staying at Liverpool despite Arsenal considering a move for the defender.

    The Croatian is entering his final 12 months at the Reds but isn't considering a move away from Anfield just yet.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his defensive options after what has been a poor season for the club so far.

    Reports suggest Tottenham are also weighing up a move for the 30-year-old.

    And Arsenal have reportedly ‘made contact’ with Reims in a transfer swoop for £13m wonderkid Axel Disasi.

    The 22-year-old centre-back had been in scintillating form this season before the coronavirus crisis KO'd Ligue 1 indefinitely.

    The Paris-born defender has commanded a regular place in the first team, making 27 Ligue 1 appearances for a side that has the best defence in the league with just 21 goals conceded this term.

    The youngster is rated at around £13m and is in contract at the French outfit until 2021.

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