Arsenal transfer of £27m Roma star Amadou Diawara edges near as Serie A side eager to sell to fund own spending spreeAugust 25, 2020
ARSENAL are edging closer to signing £27million Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports.
The Serie A side are keen to offload some stars in order to fund their own spending spree and the Ghanaian is one they are reportedly happy to let go.
Mikel Arteta's No1 midfield target was Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey but the North Londoners are unwilling to to meet his £45m release clause.
But he could now turn his attention to holding midfielder Diawara, 23, with Roma willing to sell, according to the Express.
They have already landed ex-Chelsea winger Pedro.
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Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Arsenal's Sokratis are said to be high on the Italians' wishlist.
And they were even linked with a swap deal with the Gunners involving Diawara and Lucas Torreira.
Diawara – who played 30 games in all competitions during the 2019/20 season – only joined Roma from Napoli last summer.
But he could be on the way to the Emirates for the same fee the North Londoners are set to pay for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
The Brazilian centre-half landed in London yesterday to complete the deal.
And he went straight to the Gunners' Colney training base to complete a medical which he passed.
Arsenal are expected to announce the signing imminently.
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