Atletico Madrid boss Simeone has raised the hopes of Arsenal on their chances of landing the club’s long term target
Arsenal has been handed a boost in their pursuit for Thomas Partey. Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid is rumoured to have contacted Lucas Torreira over a potential move to the Wanda Metropolitano, according to reports. The idea of a potential swap is definitely on the cards as both clubs are willing to land their respective targets.
The Ghana international has been on the radar of the Gunners for a long time and is desperate to bring the midfielder to the Emirates stadium. Thomas Partey’s release clause has been set for 50 million euros by the La Liga giants, however, the north London side prefers to offer a player plus cash deal instead.
On the other hand, Simeone is said to have shown interest in landing the Uruguayan midfielder and might let Partey depart for Arsenal. The Atleti midfielder has had an exquisite season at the Wanda Metropolitano and has been a regular starter for the Rojiblancos.
Partey has had a total of 49 appearances bagging four goals and one assist in all competitions. Simeone had been heavily reliant on the defensive midfielder last season to maintain a disclipned defence. On the other side, Lucas Torreira has somehow failed to earn a spot in the starting eleven.The 24-year-old has been highly inconsistent and has not been the first choice for Mikel Arteta. Torreira is willing to fight for a starting spot in Arteta’s side and will have to compete with Granit Xhaka to feature as a starter.
Both clubs will have a decision to make in the next few days about the future of their respective players. Arsenal might opt for a player-plus-cash deal for Partey and include the Uruguayan midfielder in the deal.
There hasn’t been any official statement from either of the clubs regarding the transfers. Arsenal fans would be hoping that the club secures the highly-rated midfielder before the transfer deadline on October 5th.
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