Thomas Partey is keen on a move to Arsenal this summer but will not force his way out of Atletico Madrid, according to Charles Watts of Goal.
The Gunners view Partey as their primary transfer target in the current window but have so far been unable to trigger his £45 million buyout clause. Their ability to sign the Ghanaian midfielder will depend on the number of players they manage to move on over the next few weeks.
Arsenal have tried negotiating with Atletico but talks between the two clubs have been unsuccessful so far. The North London club offered cash in addition to one of a number of their players including Matteo Guendouzi for the player. The Spanish giants rejected this offer and made it clear that they will not allow Partey to leave the club unless his release clause is triggered.
Atletico view the 27 year old as an important member of their squad and do not want to lose him this summer. The Ghana international has three years remaining on his current deal and the club had discussed a new contract with him. Due to the financial implications brought on by the pandemic, they have been unable to offer him the wages they intended to. Partey has been offered assurances that he will be given a salary hike once the club is in a better financial position in twelve months time.
The North London club have made it clear that as things stand, they cannot afford to pay £45 million for the player. They have been focussed on sealing a deal to bring Gabriel to the Emirates from Lille for £27 million. Partey is happy to wait and see what happens between now and the end of the transfer window but if Arsenal do not trigger his buyout clause, it is likely that he will still be an Atletico Madrid player come the end of the summer.
Head coach Mikel Arteta is aware of the need for high quality reinforcements in midfield. Dani Ceballos is expected to rejoin the club on another season long loan. Partey has been extensively scouted by Arsenal over the last eighteen months and is seen as a player that can add much needed aggression to Arteta’s team. Former Gunners boss Unai Emery was interested in signing him last summer but resources were spent elsewhere and a move for the Ghanaian midfielder never materialised.
Matteo Guendouzi is a player Arsenal are keen on selling. Valencia are the latest club to be linked with a move for the Frenchman but will only be able to afford a loan deal. Lucas Torreira will be allowed to leave this summer with a number of Italian clubs interested in signing him. The Gunners are also willing to listen to offers for Mustafi, Kolasinac, Sokratis, Elneny, Chambers and Ozil.
Lacazette’s future has been a talking point for the last few months. He is expected to discuss his future with the club in the next two weeks. Atletico Madrid are known to admire the former Lyon striker, who now has less than two years left on his current deal with Arsenal.
This summer, the North London club want to sign Partey and will do the remaining bit of their business with him in mind. If they are able to move players on between now and the end of the window, there is every chance that the 27 year old will move to the Emirates before the transfer deadline.