Arsenal could be preparing to offer Atletico Madrid
£45 million to bring Thomas Partey to the north London club at the end of the
The defensive midfielder has been heavily linked with a move
to the Gunners in the past, but there is no sign of the rumours going away. In
fact they are reaching fever pitch following another impressive display as
Atleti sent Liverpool packing in the Champions League in midweek.
Partey is certainly no one-season wonder and has been a
consistent performer in the Atletico midfield since arriving at the club in
2015, making more than 150 appearances in the process.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will partake in a huge overhaul of
his Arsenal squad during the summer and a top quality defensive midfielder is
known to be high on his list of targets.
The Nigeria international certainly fits into that bracket
and the latest reports are claiming that Arteta has ordered the powers that be
at the Emirates Stadium to do all they can to get him on board, and should meet
Atletico's asking price.
That is reported to stand at £45 million and could turn out
to be a snip in today's market. The La Liga side would be asking for much more,
but a release clause in his deal would allow him to leave for the bargain
Just a price is likely to spark a scramble for his services,
with other clubs expected to enter the running if he becomes available.
One thing going against Arsenal will be the fact they will
not be able to offer him Champions League football next season.
- TEAMtalk media