Arsenal are reportedly making enquiries about Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara after becoming impatient in their pursuit of Thomas Partey.
The Gunners have been in talks with Atletico Madrid about a deal to sign Partey for most of the summer but have so far failed to agree a fee.
The Ghana international has a £45million release clause in his contract but the Premier League side are unwilling to stump up that much for him.
Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the midfield general but knows time is running out if he is to get his man ahead of preparations for the new season.
Instead, he is said to be looking at Diawara as an alternative, according to reports in Italy.
Corriere dello Sport claim Arsenal are ready to pay £27million for the Guinea international, with Roma willing to sell.
Another reports suggests a swap deal involving Lucas Torreira is another option – but insist Arsenal would rather just pay the money.
Roma would also prefer the cash but if they were to get the Uruguayan in exchange, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
They have an interest in Torreira but face competition from Italian rivals Lazio, Fiorentina and Torino for the midfielder's signature.
But with the Serie A side wanting to fund a summer spending spree of their own, the cash upfront is better suited.
They allegedly want to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Manchester United ’s Chris Smalling.
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One potential stumbling block on Diawara could be the medical, with the 23-year-old having issues with a torn meniscus.
He has been suffering with the repercussions of the injury since January and this could end up scuppering the deal.
Arteta will be happy about the transfer business he has conducted so far but will be keen to get any remaining targets over the line as soon as possible.
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