The latest word stemming from Spain this evening suggests that Arsenal have all but pulled the plug on their swoop for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.
Partey’s uncertain future
Speculation surrounding the future of Ghanaian international Partey has been rampant of late.
Amid another superb campaign to date, during which the 27-year-old has again proven himself to be one of the finest midfielders in La Liga, Partey has inevitably been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
What makes Partey’s situation such an intriguing one for interested clubs, though, is the presence of a rumoured €50 million release clause in the all-action Atleti star’s contract.
With the funds available to clubs across Europe expected to be down this summer on the back of the COVID-19 crisis, and top-quality midfielders in scarce supply, sides in need of reinforcement in the middle of the park could do a lot worse than Partey, especially at the aforementioned price.
Arsenal drop interest?
As outlined above, meanwhile, the club thought to have been leading the race for Partey’s signature, for some time now, have been Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta is known to be a fan of the Ghanaian’s talents, with Partey exactly the type of upgrade the Gunners’ midfield has so long been crying out for.
As such, when recent reports went as far as to suggest that the Atletico star’s agents were set to fly to London to ‘finalise talks’ over an Emirates switch, Arsenal’s expectant fanbase could have been excused for allowing their excitement to get the better of them.
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – MARCH 03: Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico Madrid looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Anoeta on March 03, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
As outlined above, however, if the latest update regarding Partey’s situation stemming from Spain is to be believed, then not only do the Gunners’ hopes of striking a deal appear to have been dented, but they in fact look dead in the water.
The claims come courtesy of journalist David Vinuesa Malbac, who covers Atletico-based news for the likes of Libertad Digital and Eurosport.
In a post on Twitter a short time ago, Malbac definitively stated that Arsenal have ‘officially communicated to Atlético de Madrid that they will NOT pay the Thomas Partey clause.’
It is added that the board at the Wanda Metropolitano, in turn, ‘will not negotiate’ a lower fee, making a deal, for the time being, impossible.
El Arsenal le ha comunicado de forma oficial al Atlético de Madrid que NO pagará la cláusula de Thomas Partey.
El Atlético no negociará y el Arsenal les ha dicho OFICIALMENTE que no pagarán la cláusula de 50 millones
— David Vinuesa Malbac (@Dvinuesa) July 27, 2020
Significantly, Malbac’s claims have since been backed by Matteo Moretto of Sky Sports:
Si, confirmado! El Arsenal le ha comunicado al Atlético de Madrid que no gastará los 50 kilos de cláusula de Thomas Partey y los colchoneros piden solamente esa cantidad.
— Matteo Moretto (@MatteMoretto) July 27, 2020
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