Ghanaian and Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Thomas Partey has been heavily linked with a move to the premier club, Arsenal, in the past weeks.
Partey, 26, has a running contract with Los Rojiblancos that is active until the year 2023, he was also offered an improved contract extension by Atletico, which would see him remain in Spain till 2025.
But, it has been rumored that the Ghanian international declined to sign. A Ghanaian sports journalist, went live on the radio to claim that Partey called the contract offered by Atletico as “rubbish” and he was totally upset about it.
Atletico Madrid were set to double his wages at the club just to keep the superb midfielder who is on the wish list of top European club.
Sources also claims that Madrid would go immediately for their alternative Wilfred Ndidi of Nigeria if Partey eventually leaves.
Arsenal has been on top of the discussion of signing Partey and head coach Mikel Arteta has continually been reaching out to the player’s agent. It is rumored that Partey would give an official statement of his decision by the end of the week.
This will bring to an end the speculations surrounding the future of the midfielder.
If Arsenal are able to convince Partey to join them, then they will be willing to pay Atletico Madrid the £44.5 million release clause, that is tagged on the player.
If Arsenal succeeds in signing Partey, then there would be great changes in their midfield capabilities and maybe, just maybe they may be on their way to the Champions League after their long wait.
There are reports that Atletico would be very eager to let Partey go if they can, get a swap deal for him with Arsenal’s Alexander Lacazette. Lacazette was also linked to exit the Emirates for quite a while now, and it has been brought to notice that he is on the radars of the coaching crew at Atletico Madrid. Arsenal may, however, be unwilling to make this deal as Lacazette is more of a key figure at the club currently. And even with the inconsistency in his performance this season, Arteta would definitely still be in need of his services.
Arsenal are currently restructuring their team and with the arrival of Mikel Arteta, you may want to imagine them return to their glory days. The age of the ‘INVISIBLES’ may just be upon us again come the 2020/2021 season if the plans that Mikel has for the club manifest sooner than later.
What do you think about Arsenal going in for Thomas Partey, would it be a good deal on their part? Or is this just another waste of money and ambition by the Club? Let me know in the comment section.