Arsenal now face an ultimatum in the quest to land their primary target from Atletico Madrid, Thomas Partey.
Arsenal will be letting their central defensive midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi depart this season due to the player’s lack of discipline and inconsistency with his performances. The Frenchman has already fallen out with coach Mikel Arteta and is not a feature in matchday squads. Lucas Torreira also does not carry great prominence under his coach, thereby forcing the club to look at external choices.
As an upgrade and a replacement, the Gunners have been inquiring about Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey as they look to strengthen the defensive power of the team.
The North London side have managed to lift the FA Cup for the 2019-2020 campaign, which shows that they have the potential to win bigger trophies under the tactically smart Arteta. However, the team has been majorly lacking in defence, making errors that lead to goals ever so often.
The addition of the Ghanaian international would help them in that field as he possesses a physical presence and has fantastic defensive abilities. His release clause with the Rojiblancos stands at 50 million euros. The English side was in talks of signing the 27-year-old for a lot cheaper with a player plus cash swap deal as Diego Simeone was also interested in acquiring Torreira from Arteta’s side.
The talks of a transfer were escalating as Atleti were also looking to offload players and gather some cash due to the financial situation caused by the pandemic. However, the La Liga giants made a deal with Serie A champions Juventus which will feature Alvaro Morata leaving on a loan for a fee of 10 million euros with an option to buy for 41 million euros, which will drastically change the dynamics of the deal they were preparing with the Gunners.
Now, with some funds coming in, Los Colchoneros do not deem it necessary to let go of more players. Consequently, the Spaniards have changed their stance on the Partey transfer. If reports are to be believed, now, they will not be looking to part with their star player for a fee that is cheaper than his release clause which is 50 million euros, and unfortunately for Arsenal, that is a price tag that they may not match.
If Arsenal are determined to bring the African prodigy to their team, they would have to make a load of money from sales of their own players or make a stretch in terms of making a transfer fee, else Atletico would not be willing to negotiate the terms of the transfer having taken a firm stance.