Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey can leave Metropolitano stadium this summer if any teams meet his release clause according to his dad, who also hinted that Arsenal are not the only club interested in the 26-year-old star.
The Ghanaian international has been widely to leave Spanish club this summer, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and PSG among the clubs to have been linked with the 26-year-old.
Partey has been widely tipped to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, with Arsenal,Manchester United and Liverpool among the clubs to have been linked with the 26-year-old.
Head coach Mikel Arteta has reportedly identified the Ghana international as a top priority target this summer as he looks to recruit a box-to-box midfielder.
Mikel Arteta sees the dynamic defensive-minded midfielder as the man he can build a new-look spine around in the middle of the park.
The Arsenal coach is looking to inject more steel into the midfield, with Partey’s excellent ability on the ball – both defensively and offensively – and his physical presence marking him as a stand-out option.
Partey himself is believed to be open to a move to the Emirates, and is said to be stalling over a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.
And now, Partey’s father has confirmed that his son will be available this summer if a club stumps up the £44.5million required by his release clause.
But he says the decision on where he ends up will ultimately be made by Thomas Partey.
He insisted that Atletico Madrid won’t let the 26-year-old leave without the release clause being paid.
‘My son’s current club Atletico Madrid has a release clause in Partey’s deal,’ he explained.
‘This means that any club which shows interest in signing him must meet those demands.
‘So any team which meets Atletico’s demand will be able to sign my son and not specifically Arsenal as rumoured in a section of the media.
‘I always call my son and he is of age to decide on a move.
‘I am ready to support his decision.’
Earlier this week, one of Partey’s international team-mates for Ghana, Joseph Attamah Larweh, urged his countryman to make the switch to the Emirates this summer.
‘I will be happy if he goes to Arsenal,’ he said.
‘He has done everything at Atletico and is recognised as one of his best players.
‘He also has to go to a different league to prove himself. He needs people to know that he is capable of succeeding in other places and not only in Spain.’