Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey “makes it clear he would like to move to Arsenal” after opening the window
- Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has chosen to sign for Arsenal
- Mikel Arteta made the Ghanaian his No. 1 target before the end of the season
- Partey is under contract until 2023 and has a £ 45 million release clause
- The gunners will consider an exchange agreement with Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain
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According to the Telegraph, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has decided to join Arsenal at the end of the extended season.
The Ghanaian international had a good performance against Liverpool before the sport was stopped by the coronavirus pandemic, and he wants to settle in England when the transfer window eventually opens.
Mikel Arteta had identified Partey as a transfer target earlier this season, with the Gunners boss hoping to convince the board of directors to strike a deal for the 26-year-old when football returns to normal.
Thomas Partey has decided to sign for Arsenal this summer
The report says Arsenal may be considering a swap deal, offering coveted striker Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico with Partey arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
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In today’s market, Arsenal are unlikely to trigger Partey’s £ 45m release clause, but the player’s desire to join the club could speed up negotiations.
Partey’s father Jacob said last month that the Atletico star had entered into talks to sign for the Gunners, but the player’s agent dismissed the claims as “totally untrue”.
However, Arteta has made it a priority to strengthen defensive options for Arsenal’s midfielder, with Partey challenging Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka.
Partey has been an important member of Diego Simeone’s La Liga team this season, starting 21 games and scoring twice, but Wanda Metropolitano are ready to listen to offers this season.
Arsenal director Mike Arteta has made the Ghanaian international his main transfer target