Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Friday, August 27.
Gunners given injury boost
Arsenal have been handed a potential boost ahead of their fixture against Manchester City this weekend as Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne will miss Saturday’s clash.
“Kevin is not available [to play for Belgium against Estonia],” Martinez explained.
“As you know he had some minutes against Tottenham, but after that game he still felt some pain [in the ankle].
“He’s taking a different route now. He’s not gonna be playing this weekend. The idea is to see how his injury progresses.”
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Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as some reports have claimed that Premier League rivals Manchester United are now interested in the Mali international.
Transfer guru Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: “Along with those players we mentioned [Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelian Tchouameni and Saul] as options for Manchester United’s midfield, Bissouma is also being looked at by them.
“They know Bissouma has two years left of contract at Brighton and is keen to move to a higher-status club, keen to play European football.
football.london first revealed the Gunners were interested in Bissouma back in January, stating that he was highly admired by the north London club but United’s interest could rule the north London club out of contention given the Red Devils can offer Champions League football, something Arsenal cannot.
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Lucas Torreira announced
Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira’s departure has been confirmed by Arsenal, joining Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old has been desperate to move back to Italy in recent months having joined the Gunners from Sampdoria back in the summer of 2018.
Torreira, who spent last season on loan with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, could join the Florence-based outfit permanent next summer if they exercise their £12.8million option to buy at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The tough-tackling midfielder made 89 appearances for the north London club, netting on four occasions.
Source by Football London