Arsenal have the financial muscle to trigger Thomas Partey’s £45 million buyout clause but do not want to spend so much money on a single player as they want to strengthen a number of areas, according to Spanish journalist David Vinuesa Malbac. This is the same journalist who broke the news about Arsenal informing Atletico that they would not trigger Partey’s release clause.
Thomas Partey is the North London club’s top target in the upcoming transfer window and they are committed to doing everything they can to bring the player to the Emirates. Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Francis Cagigao, recommended that the club sign him after extensive scouting and the move was rubber stamped by head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar.
There has been a lot of speculation about Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer. Many have suggested that the Gunners will only have £30 million to spend.
It is important to note that the press made a similar claim last summer when they said the club’s transfer budget was £45 million. The North London club ended up signing Nicolas Pepe for £72 million last summer and even if the payments for that transfer were staggered, we must take what the media says regarding Arsenal’s finances with a pinch of salt.
It is understood that the reason Arsenal do not want to spend upwards of £45 million on a single player is because they have identified a number of areas where they would like to strengthen the team this summer and so will have to use their money wisely.
The Gunners have offered Atletico £22.8 million in addition to one of their players. According to Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports Italy, Arsenal have offered a number of players to Atletico as a part of this deal and one such player is Matteo Guendouzi.
The Rojiblancos have rejected this deal and made it very clear that they will not sell their Ghanaian midfielder unless his buyout clause is triggered. It will be interesting to see what Arsenal’s next step is in the Thomas Partey transfer saga.