Arsenal did not tell Atletico Madrid they were unwilling to trigger Thomas Partey’s £45 million buyout clause, according to TheAFCBell.
Earlier reports suggested that the Gunners had informed the Spanish club that they would not trigger the Ghanaian midfielder’s buyout clause. It was understood that the North London club had identified many areas of the team that needed to be improved and so they did not want to spend a large chunk of their transfer budget on a single player.
It is being suggested that this information has been incorrectly reported and that the Gunners would indeed be willing to pay £45 million to secure the 27 year old’s signature. They are believed to have communicated to the Rojiblancos that they would not trigger the player’s release clause until the Spanish club’s Champions League campaign had come to an end, as a sign of respect.
Thomas Partey’s representatives held positive talks with the North London club this week and the Ghana international is confident about completing a transfer to Arsenal in the upcoming transfer window. He remains the top transfer target of the Premier League giants.
Atletico Madrid will only allow Partey to leave the club if his release clause is activated. They will not entertain swap deals or a lower fee for the player’s signature.