Arsenal decided they would prefer Thomas Party to Hossam Al-Aour, according to reports. Arsenal are desperate to add a midfielder to their squad before the October 5 transfer deadline.

Atletico Madrid is not keen to let Barty leave this summer, but he will be unable to stop the transfer if his £ 45m penalty clause comes into effect.

Likewise, Leon does not want to let his star leave and has paid £ 50m for his head.

Mikel Arteta hopes he can achieve two goals, but he knows that it will be difficult given that he must first raise money.

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Emiliano Martinez was sold to Aston Villa for £ 20m, but there is still a lot of sales to be made.

If it comes to a decision between Party and Orr, Athletic claims there is a clear winner.

Arteta confirmed after the match that he was keen to strengthen the midfielder during the next two weeks.

“I think they have been really good since I joined the club,” Arteta said.

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Not only then, but this season as well, [Ceballos] I deserved to play again today but I just wanted to take turns.

“I thought it was a match where we were going to attack the spaces and the way they defended, we wanted to create some situations with Danny there but if we could strengthen the team then we would try to do that.

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“Until the market goes, everything is still open.

“Depending on what happens with some of the other players … As I say again, we are open to discussions, the market can surprise us.”

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