Arsenal handed Thomas Partey £45m transfer boost
Arsenal have been given a big boost following Atletico Madrid’s intention of signing a replacement.
The Spanish giants have identified Getafe’s Mauro Arambarri as Partey’s replacement should he leave for the North London club.
Arambarri has missed just two league matches all season for the fifth-placed Madrid club.
The UK Daily Express reports that the Gunners are eager to bring the Ghanaian to the Premier League as Mikel Arteta looks to construct a new-look spine to the side.
Partey has been one of Europe’s outstanding box-to-box midfielders for the past few seasons and the defensive-minded 26-year-old, who also excels at bursting forward, has been identified as a key target by Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta.
La Liga giants Atletico are understandably keen to keep hold of the player, offering him a new contract until 2025 which reportedly includes both a wage increase and a higher release clause.
His current exit clause stands at around £45million (€50m) – a fee currently out of reach for Arsenal unless they sell players or look to include players in a swap deal for Partey.
Partey is currently back training with his team-mates as La Liga prepares to return to action amid the coronavirus crisis next month.
He has made 35 appearances across all competitions so far this season and stood out in Los Rojiblancos’ Champions League defeat of reigning champions Liverpool back in March.
Partey has been hailed by Chelsea and Ghana icon Michael Essien, who says he’d love to have played alongside his compatriot.