Arsenal have held discussions with Atletico Madrid to sign Thomas Partey, according to Sky Sports Italia.
The Gunners are believed to have offered less than the Ghanaian midfielder’s £45 million price as per his buyout clause. Atletico have indicated that they are not willing to sell the player for an amount that is less than his release clause.
The Spanish club firmly believes that the player will depart the Wanda Metropolitano this summer and it is widely accepted that he wants to play for Arsenal. The Rojiblancos have begun their search for Partey’s replacement and are said to have contacted Mallorca to enquire about the availability of their Ghanaian midfielder, Idrissu Baba.
Partey signed his first contract with the Madrid-based club in 2011 and made his first team debut in 2015. Since then, he has gone on to make over 250 appearances for the club and establish himself as an integral part of Simeone’s squad. The Ghanaian powerhouse has scored three goals and provided one assist in 41 appearances across all competitions this season. He has played an active role in the club’s phenomenal defensive record in the current campaign that has seen them concede a mere 24 goals in La Liga.
It is rumoured that the Gunners are considering a swap deal that would see one of Alexander Lacazette or Matteo Guendouzi head to the Wanda Metropolitano in exchange for Thomas Partey. Mikel Arteta views Partey as his primary transfer target and it is expected that Arsenal will return with an improved offer for the player in the near future.
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