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Arsenal are considering a move for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara and could be prepared to offer Lucas Torreira in part-exchange, according to reports in Italy.
Mikel Arteta has been looking to bring in midfield reinforcements throughout the summer, with defeat to Liverpool only underlining that need, though attempts to sign top targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey have so far proven fruitless.
Arsenal need to raise funds in order to meet Lyon’s asking price for Aouar, who are prepared to sell the young Frenchman, though Atletico Madrid are being far more stubborn over Partey.
With less than a week to go until the transfer window closes, Arsenal are now exploring alternatives and Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero claims Diawara has emerged as a late target.
The Gunners have been linked with the 23-year-old previously, particularly before he left Napoli for the Italian capital, and they are now primed to renew their interest.
Diawara has become unhappy at Roma after a bizarre incident at the start of the season where he was accidentally left unregistered for the opening game against Hellas Verona, in which he played, resulting in the side having to forfeit the result and registering a 3-0 loss.
He was subsequently named on the bench for the following game against Juventus and is now considering his options, with both Arsenal and north London rivals Spurs in contact with his agent.
Diawara joined Roma for around £19million last summer and the Serie A giants would expect a similar fee now, which represents a far more affordable deal than either Aouar or Partey.
Roma, meanwhile, are fans of Uruguay international Torreira, who is surplus to requirements at the Emirates but yet to find a new club, so the midfielder could be included to lower the overall cash outlay.
Torreira has endured a frustrating window with several moves falling through, having been in talks with Atletico Madrid and Torino among other clubs, and a return to Italy with Roma would no doubt appeal enormously to him.