Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey would cost Arsenal £44.8m this summer if they can sign him, but late interest from Manchester United could dent the Gunners’ hopes of getting the deal done.
Partey has been influential for the Spanish club over the last few seasons, having come through their youth system. Appearing 174 times for Atleti, the battling midfielder’s reputation has enhanced as Diego Simeone’s side continue to challenge both Barcelona and Real Madrid for the La Liga title and are a regular force in the Champions League.
The 26-year-old, who Simeone would undoubtedly love to keep at the Wanda Metropolitano, has now seen his future discussed, turning down a new contract offer which has seen interest come from the likes of Arsenal, as per Guillem Balague on YouTube.
With rumours now circling, Partey’s father Jacob, who has been vocal in the past over his son’s future, has now confirmed that a deal can be done if the midfielder’s release clause is met. Despite his claims that will excite Arsenal boss Arteta, Manchester Evening News have reported that Man United are also showing interest in making a summer move for the Ghana international.
Speaking on radio station SilverFM [via Metro], Jacob Partey said: “My son’s current club Atletico Madrid has a release clause in Partey’s deal…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.”
As previously reported by Manchester Evening News, Partey’s release clause at Atletico Madrid is €50m, which equates to £44.8m.
Partey should make a superb signing for either Arsenal or Manchester United and it has to be argued that both sides need a player of his ability and hard work – he has averaged 3.6 tackles per game in the Champions League, far more than the 2.3 per game average of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gunners’ market leader for this metric.
His ability to play defensive or attacking in midfield could hand Arteta a superb option at the base of midfield and his father’s comments have indicated that the 26-year-old could soon be on the move.
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