Arsenal have reportedly had two offers for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey rejected, according to The Guardian.
Partey has recently become a very important player for Diego Simeone’s team. Primarily a defence-minded midfielder, he has made a total of 46 appearances this season so far, with their Champions League campaign still to have its conclusion after they knocked out Premier League title winners Liverpool in the round of 16. The 27-year-old powerhouse played a big part in that feat. He also managed to get on the scoresheet four times.
Arsenal’s interest in the 26-time capped Ghana international has been reported several times throughout the 2019/20 season, but the club’s concrete pursuit of the player seems to have begun in spring. As per the report, the club’s first offer for his services consisted of €25 million plus one player, and they’ve now returned with a proposal that includes the same amount of money and the player named as out-of-favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.
The 21-year-old hasn’t been included in a matchday squad by head coach Mikel Arteta since his outburst of temper after the final whistle of Arsenal’s unexpected defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion on June 20th. He was reportedly summoned to a meeting with Arteta and technical director Edu later and showed no remorse for his actions, and although Arteta stated more than once that every fringe player would be allowed a way back into his reckoning, it seems that the writing is on the wall for Guendouzi and his days in north London. Some reports suggest Arsenal offered Barcelona a swap deal involving Guendouzi and Philippe Coutinho, but this report involving Partey seems more credible at the moment, quite apart from coming from a more reliable source.
Atletico have, however, turned both offers down and remain adamant that Partey’s release clause of €50 million has to be paid in full, all in cash, for the player to be allowed to leave the Wanda Metropolitano, despite him being reluctant to sign a new contract.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal take any further steps in the matter.