Arsenal have told Atletico Madrid they are willing to meet Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause as the north London club look to finalise a deadline day deal for the midfielder, according to Goal.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been eager to bolster his midfield this summer, but has been left frustrated by the club’s inability to secure their prime targets this summer window.
Partey, 27, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, as has Lyon star Houssem Aouar, but the Gunners have been unable to meet the price tags set for both players.
But Goal reports that Arsenal have communicated their intention to meet Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause, opening the door for a deadline day deal to be finalised.
Thomas Partey’s current deal expires in 2023 and Atletico Madrid have been resolute in demanding that his £45m release clause is met. Arsenal’s willingness to meet that price tag makes a deal likely.
El Chiringuito TV also report that Thomas Partey has told the Spanish club he wishes to move to the Emirates stadium.
The Spanish club have been keen to extend the midfielder’s deal, but financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that Atletico Madrid have been unable to meet the player’s demands.
Head coach Diego Simeone would prefer to hold onto the Ghanaian and the club are looking to push other players out the door first.
Thomas Lemar, Hector Herrera and Nikola Kalinicare being offered to other clubs as Atletico look to raise money through sales of other players.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is close to joining Simeone’s side, but the club need to sell before they can officially confirm the deal.
The Uruguayan international passed his medical on Saturday and faces a nervous wait before the switch is completed.
Meanwhile, Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has undergone a medical ahead of a loan move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order in north London after falling out with head coach Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard left unimpressed by a series of misdemeanours.