Thomas Partey’s wages are a stumbling block to any potential transfer to Arsenal and despite being genuinely interested in the 27 year old, a move for him is starting to look less likely as time progresses, according to Arseblog.
Arsenal view Partey as their primary transfer target this summer. He has been scouted by Arsenal ever since he was on loan at Mallorca in 2013.
The Gunners continued keeping tabs on the Ghana international as he progressed his game and started playing regularly for Atletico Madrid. Arsenal’s scouting team recommended that he be signed by the club. Unai Emery is believed to have been keen on signing Partey last summer but resources were allocated elsewhere and that move was not pursued.
This summer, however, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar have rubber stamped a move for the player.
The North London club attempted to sign Partey for less than his £45 million release clause by offering cash plus one of a number of Arsenal players including Matteo Guendouzi. Atletico Madrid rejected all offers for the player and insisted that they would only let the Ghanaian midfielder leave the club if his buyout clause was triggered.
Reports in Spain suggest that the Gunners will not pay £45 million for the Ghana international. There is no doubt that Arsenal’s interest in him is real but Partey’s move to the Emirates seems to be in jeopardy.