Arsenal have told Atletico Madrid they are willing to meet Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause as the Gunners look to finalise a deadline day deal for the midfielder.
Mikel Arteta has been eager to bolster his midfield this summer, but has been left frustrated by the club’s inability to secure their prime targets this summer window.
Sportsmail understands there are several hurdles to overcome in order to finalise a deal but the Gunners are confident of sealing the transfer before the window closes.
Partey, 27, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, as has Lyon star Houssem Aouar, but the Gunners have been unable to meet the price tags set for both players.
Partey’s current deal expires in 2023 and Atletico have been resolute in demanding that his £45m release clause is met. Arsenal’s willingness to meet that price tag makes a deal likely.
The Spanish club have been keen to extend the midfielder’s deal, but financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that Atletico have been unable to meet the player’s demands.
Diego Simeone would prefer to hold onto the Ghanaian and the club are looking to push other players out the door first.
Hector Herrera, Thomas Lemar and Nikola Kalinic are being offered to other clubs as Atletico look to raise money through sales of other players.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is close to joining Simeone’s side, but the club need to sell before they can officially confirm the deal. The Uruguayan passed his medical on Saturday and faces a nervous wait before the switch is completed.
Meanwhile, Gunners outcast Matteo Guendouzi has undergone a medical ahead of a loan move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
The youngster has fallen down the pecking order in north London after falling out with Arteta, with the Spaniard left unimpressed by a series of misdemeanours.