Arsenal know what must be done to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey could rest on whether or not the club can sell players before the end of the transfer window.

The Gunners have been chasing the Ghana international for most of the summer but have so far been unable to get a deal over the line.

Partey can leave Madrid if his £44million release clause is met, but Arsenal have been unwilling to pay that amount.

It is now being reported that the 27-year-old is keen on the move to the Emirates, providing a deal can be agreed between the two clubs.

Atletico want to keep the midfielder and want to offer him a new contract, and there have been talks over extending his deal.

Partey's current contract runs until 2023, though it is reported that the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in Atletico being unable to offer the player a financially lucrative extension at the moment.

And, according to Goal , the transfer could hinge on whether or not Arsenal can raise more funds through player sales in the coming weeks.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan left for Roma on Monday and this has freed up the wage bill somewhat, but others have to follow.

The Gunners are waiting on bids for the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Emiliano Martinez this summer, while they look set to agree a loan deal for Sead Kolasinac to return to Schalke.

Elsewhere, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is being linked with a move to Wolves, while Mohamed Elneny is another player who would be allowed to leave.

Lucas Torreira, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Mesut Ozil are all others would Mikel Arteta would be happy to sell.

This would reduce the sizeable wage bill at the club and therefore allow more space for new players.

Ozil’s £350,000-a-week salary is still hurting the Gunners and they have another year to pay his wages if he does not leave before the end of his deal.

Either way, it remains to be seen whether or not Arteta and the club can get a deal over the line for long-time target Partey.

Bringing him in remains a priority as Arteta continue to strengthen his squad ahead of a fresh challenge next season.

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