Arsenal fear they could miss out on Thomas Partey’s transfer after Willian signing

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ARSENAL paraded new signing Willian on Friday — but now fear they could miss out on other targets.

The Brazil international, 32, signed a three-year contract worth £130,000-a-week after seven seasons at Chelsea.

But hopes of other quick deals are fading for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as he tries to launch a major overhaul of his squad.

Atletico Madrid are refusing to lower their £45million asking price for Thomas Partey after Italian champions Juventus joined the chase for the Ghanaian midfielder.

The Gunners are also in danger of missing out  on Lille centre-back Gabriel Meghalaes, who looks to be heading to Napoli if the Italians sell Kalidou Koulibaly to  Manchester City.

And they have not made any progress in talks with Real Madrid to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan after the playmaker returned to Spain last week.

Arsenal are still trying to offload a number of squad players including Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis and Mohamed Elneny to raise funds.

But unless they can be sold quickly, Arteta could be forced to lower his sights in terms of  potential new recruits.

One central midfield alternative to Partey could be Roma’s Amadou Diawara, with the possibility of Lucas  Torreira heading in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Ghana Sports Online

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