Arsenal have submitted a bid for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, according to Daily Express.
Partey has been on Atletico books for his whole career so far. He has had loan spells as a youngster, first with RCD Mallorca in 2013/14, and then with UD Almeria the following season. After his return to the parent club in 2015, the number of games he was involved in gradually grew from season to season. This term he has made 35 competitive appearances in all competitions before the Coronavirus pandemic caused football to stop; 31 of those were starts.
The 26-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder, though he has been known to put in a fine performance in more advanced roles as well. Physically very strong and agile, he makes no compromises when he goes after the ball in the middle of the park, which in theory makes him well-suited for the Premier League. In fact, he was a very important part of Diego Simeone’s team which knocked the English top flight’s runaway leaders and Champions League holders Liverpool out of UEFA’s elite club competition this term.
And according to the report, the Gunners value this player at £43 million, which they’ve now offered to Atletico as compensation to let him come to the Emirates when the transfer window opens this summer, and void the contract set to last until the summer of 2023. If so, it remains to be seen whether the La Liga side agree with the estimate, as well as if the Ghana captain wants to make the switch. There is reportedly a new contract offer from Atletico on his table at the moment, but he hasn’t signed it yet.
As for Arsenal, manager Mikel Arteta recently told Sky Sports that there are three possible scenarios the club are preparing for when it comes to transfers, and the amount of their activity in the transfer market this year will fully depend on which of those scenarios happens.