Thomas Partey is keen to join Arsenal this summer to prove himself in the Premier League. The Atletico Madrid midfielder is a priority target for the Gunners ahead of the summer transfer window. And according to The Telegraph, the 26-year-old has made it clear he’s keen to head to north London.
The defensive midfielder, who has a £45m release clause in his contract, is hoping Atletico and Arsenal can agree a deal in the coming months.
Partey has told close friends of his desire to head to the Premier League to prove himself in England.
The Telegraph add that the deal depends on whether Arsenal can raise the funds to land the Atletico ace.
The Gunners do not plan on spending big in the summer transfer window, however, Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign Partey.
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It’s also claimed Atletico could consider a swap deal, with the Spanish giants holding interest in Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette.
There will be less cash moves this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning swap deals could be more likely.
Partey’s agent recently denied the midfielder was in talks with Arsenal after the Ghanian’s father claimed negotiations were taking place.
Partey’s father, Jacob, said: “I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true.
“He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding.
“If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana.
“I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.”
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However, Partey’s representatives branded the talks as ‘totally untrue’.
A lot has been made of Arsenal’s interest in Partey, with former Aston Villa and Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey urging the midfielder to focus on continuing his development in La Liga.
“There are numerous offers coming for Thomas Teye Partey but his career will take a nosedive if he doesn’t choose his next move well,” Lamptey said.
“The country and league he will pick will determine his future. I will advise him to stay in Spain rather than going to England or Italy.
“Per style of play, he can move within Spain and join another top club rather than focusing on the financial gains to move out of the country because that can be suicidal.
“Sometimes, decision making can destroy your career. My move to England was a wrong one for me.
“Aston Villa was a wrong move because their style of play was not going to suit me. If I had gone to France or Spain at that time, it would have helped my career more than going to England.”
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