Arsenal’s transfer talks for defensive midfield alternative to Partey at a very early stage

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According to the Telegraph (subscription required), Arsenal have identified Roma ace Amadou Diawara as a midfielder target ahead of next season.

It’s reported that the Gunners are keen on bolstering in the middle of the park, with this becoming a particular issue of focus since former maestro Mikel Arteta took the reins at the end of December.

The Telegraph claim that Arsenal’s talks regarding a transfer for Diawara are at a ‘very early stage’, with the Gunners yet to make a ‘formal approach’ to the Giallorossi for the 23-year-old’s services.

It’s added that Diawara is one of the alternatives to Arsenal’s prime target – Atletico Madrid anchor-man Thomas Partey, who holds a release clause of £45m.

The Telegraph note that Paulo Fonseca’s side aren’t interested in parting with the Guinean talent, who only joined from rivals Napoli for £19m last summer, leaving Diawara with four years left on his contract.

Diawara in action for Roma

The Telegraph also cite Italian reports suggesting that Arsenal could look to land Diawara in a swap deal that would send Lucas Torreira to the Rome outfit.

With Matteo Guendouzi now out-of-favour and on the chopping block at the Emirates Stadium, as well no serious signs of a renewed loan – or even permanent deal for Dani Ceballos, Arteta’s midfield ranks are very much in limbo ahead of next season.

Diawara has made 30 first-team appearances in his debut season for Roma, the ace has looked encouraging but has had to deal with a couple of injury troubles over the campaign.

Arsenal do need an out-and-out defensive midfielder though, with the side’s defence still shaky for a team hoping to get back into the top four, a commanding presence is needed in front of the backline.

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