Arsenal transfer round up: Bardhi ‘bid’, Partey latest, Mazziotti on shortlist

Arsenal have recovered from a poor return to action by recording back-to-back victories over Southampton and Sheffield United.

A polished display against the Saints boosted Arsenal ’s hopes of an unlikely top-five finish while a win over the Blades has given Mikel Arteta a shot at winning the FA Cup in his first half-season in charge of the club.

Nevertheless, while the past few days have been positive for the Gunners, there are still issues to be addressed long-term – in particular, which current players fit into Arteta’s plans and who could be targeted in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal have already conducted more business than any other Premier League club since the restart by tying David Luiz to a new one-year deal as well as completing the permanent signings of loanees Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

Here are the latest transfer rumours surrounding the Gunners.

Reports from Spain claim Arsenal have made a bid for Enis Bardhi

‘Bid’ for Bardhi

Mesut Ozil appears to be firmly out of favour under Arteta having failed to play a single minute of Arsenal’s last four fixtures since the season’s resumption, and signing a replacement in the summer could be a priority.

Enter Macedonian No10 Enis Bardhi, who has been ticking along nicely in La Liga with Levante over the past few seasons and been linked with a summer switch to the Emirates.

According to Spanish Radio show Onda Deportiva, Arsenal have already lodged a bid for the 24-year-old, with Fiorentina and an unnamed club in the Bundesliga also keeping tabs on him.

Since making the move to Levante from Ujpest in 2017, Bardhi has scored 16 goals and registered seven assists in 88 La Liga appearances, and has become renowned as a free-kick specialist.

Arsenal to pay the clause for Partey

The Gunners are reportedly prepared to match any rivals for Thomas Partey’s signature

Speculation linking Arsenal with Atletico Madrid’s midfield general Thomas Partey refuses to go away with the Ghanaian once more tipped to switch clubs this summer.

The 27-year-old, who excelled during Atleti’s Champions League win over Liverpool in March, is widely reported to have a €50million (£46m) release clause in his contract.

According to reports in Spain from La Razon, Arsenal are ready to match Partey’s release clause to beat any rivals to his signature.

Partey has featured in all but three of Atletico’s La Liga matches this season and is able to play at right-back and right midfield too.

Balogun set to depart

Folarin Balogun is reportedly keen to move on in search of first-team football

Arteta has been keen to hand first-team opportunities to the club’s youngsters in recent matches with Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah all taking their chances to impress.

However, one youngster who doesn’t appear to have a future at the Emirates is highly-rated striker Folarin Balogun who will be allowed to…

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