Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are close to agreeing a massive deal from the Gunners’ standpoint and could be a huge force in their bid to win silverware.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to rubberstamp his judgement onto a substandard squad that he took over after Unai Emery was sacked. The former Manchester City assistant coach is keen on leading the Gunners to at least a UEFA Champions League but his ambitions will have to wait at least a year as the ninth place side doesn’t stand hopes this time out.

The Basque manager has his sights set on bringing in Atletico Madrid superstar Thomas Partey to the Emirates Stadium. The Ghanaian midfielder has been linked with a switch to the north London side since a couple of months and this time out, the club seems to be in advanced negotiations for landing its key target, Football London reports.

Partey has a release clause of 50 million euros, but his openness to leaving the Wanda Metropolitano coupled with the coronavirus situation could mean that the Gunners get their man for a knocked down figure. The midfielder’s representatives were thought to be in England to discuss contractual terms some days ago.

With Lucas Torreira struggling at the club and Matteo Guendouzi’s attitude and conduct being a big headache for Arsenal, Thomas Partey who is an ambitious player to back his quality up would be a fantastic addition. The Ghana international is seemingly desperate to play for the uplifting side chasing a European spot.

In the running to sign for the ninth-placed Premier League side, Partey has rejected advances from Paris Saint-Germain as well as the opportunity to sign for Liverpool in a swap deal involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mikel Arteta would be hoping that the player’s abilities help him in matching his own as well as the board’s objectives for 2020/21.

Earlier it was thought that Alexandre Lacazette could be heading to Madrid in what may have been an economical swap deal from both clubs’ standpoint but it’s only the Ghanaian and cash that are being involved right now. Nonetheless, 50 million euros is an incredible price for a player of the 27-year-old’s calibre.

Mikel Arteta would be hoping that Thomas Partey, who has been a really good defensive player under Diego Simeone can add much-needed stability at the back for his side. As Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz, who are culprits of regular defensive mistakes, look to stay on, it would be necessary for the Gunners to dominate in the engine room.

Granit Xhaka could partner with the Atletico Madrid superstar in a double pivot in a 4-2-3-1 formation and help the team in keeping the ball. Arteta, who is a protégé of Pep Guardiola will imply a similar playing style and the protecting duo would be absolutely crucial. Do you think Arsenal will find a top four finish in the Premier League next year?

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