Arsenal have officially informed Atletico Madrid that they will not pay £45 million to sign Thomas Partey, according to Spanish journalist David Vinuesa Malbac. Atletico Madrid have made it clear that they will not sell the Ghanaian midfielder if his £45 million buyout clause is not triggered.
Thomas Partey is Arsenal’s primary target in the upcoming transfer window and the Gunners are committed to doing everything they can to bring the player to the Emirates. The club’s head of recruitment, Francis Cagigao recommended that the Gunners sign the Ghanaian international after extensive scouting and the move received the go ahead from head coach Mikel Arteta as well as technical director Edu Gaspar.
The North London club have tabled an offer of just under £23 million in addition to one of their players for Thomas Partey, according to Matteo Moretto of Sky Sports Italy. The Rojiblancos are not interested in any such deal.
Atletico Madrid see Partey as a player they would like to keep and would only consider letting him leave if another club stumped up the money to trigger his release clause. They are only open to negotiating with clubs and accepting player swaps for players that they deem surplus to requirements at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Gunners look in danger of missing out on their top target and will either have to look for alternatives or raise funds from player sales to trigger the Ghanaian midfielder’s buyout clause.