Arsenal have reportedly told Atletico Madrid they will pay the £45million release clause of Thomas Partey. Ghana international Partey has been linked with a move to the Gunners throughout the summer window. And now it appears a deal is close to being completed.
Arsenal were previously not willing to pay £45m for Partey and even tried to include Lucas Torreira – who is set to join Atletico on loan – in a deal.
Atletico refused to negotiate any fee lower than Partey’s release clause.
But now ESPN editor David Cartlidge claims Arsenal have informed Atletico they will match the £45m asking price.
As well as Torreira, Arsenal are also set to let Matteo Guendouzi leave the club on loan to join Hertha Berlin.
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That would leave just four recognised central midfielders in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Arteta wanted to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar but a deal for the Frenchman appears to be over.
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But it now seems the long-standing interest in Partey is set to come to fruition.
Arteta was asked about the potential of new signings following Sunday’s win over Sheffield United.
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And the Spaniard insisted work was being done to improve the squad.
“Well I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want, whether that is sending someone on loan or bringing someone in,” Arteta said.
“We have a complete connection and cohesion between Edu and myself, the board and the ownership, so let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.
“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in.
“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.
“I think that I always try to be really honest and clear.
“Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.
“I have 100 per cent backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality.
“Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”
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