• Arsenal has been linked to a possible move for Antoine Griezmann
  • Griezmann's Atletico Madrid teammate Thomas Partey is also possibly Arsenal-bound
  • Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal will rebuild

Arsenal may be planning a move for Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann and one of his former Atletico Madrid teammates, new rumors claim.

Tension has been reportedly growing in Camp Nou as Barcelona faces a series of major problems. Aside from being surpassed by ultimate rival Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title this year, rumors have also claimed that the Catalans are about to lose two of their biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Griezmann.

Griezmann has been criticized following his consecutive struggles with Barcelona since returning from hiatus, but the attacking Frenchman could be on his way out soon.

An Express report has claimed that Arsenal has set its sights on Griezmann. The outlet further stated that Mikel Arteta is reportedly willing to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi on the table in order to swing a deal for the Barcelona outcast.

According to El Mundo Deportivo (via Barca Blaugranes), Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City are also both monitoring Griezmann’s situation. However, the report added that Barcelona is not considering selling its current most expensive signing this summer.

Aside from Griezmann, the Gunners are apparently also pursuing another star bound to leave his current club. 90min reported that Arsenal is the frontrunner in signing Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey should the club really consider letting him go.

Sources claimed that Arsenal is gaining confidence in signing Partey due to the assumption that Atletico considers Marcos Llorente as the perfect replacement for Partey next season. Both Arsenal and Atletico are reportedly willing to discuss a payment structure for the midfielder.

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Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring his second goal for France against Germany. Getty Images

Partey and Griezmann co-starred in Atletico before the latter signed with Barcelona last summer. Should the talks of a transfer to Arsenal come to fruition, the pair could find themselves reuniting and moving to Premier League.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's (July 4) clash with Wolves, Arteta was pressed to comment about Arsenal’s interest in Partey. Though the Arsenal boss never specified any player, he stood firm with the club’s aim to rebuild.

"I cannot talk about being interested in any players that are playing in any team that is not ours, sorry. [But] I'm very clear. I have a very clear plan and the specificity of the players, the positions and squad balance that we need to compete with the rest of the top teams in the country,” Arteta said.