Arsenal manager Unai Emery is set to attempt to sign Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey as a replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey, according to the Express.
As a product of their academy, Partey has been an Atleti player his whole career so far, though he has had loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria. He has made a total of 67 appearances and scored seven goals in all competitions for the Europa League holders, and he certainly played his part in their quest for the trophy which eluded Arsenal due to Atletico beating them in the semifinal. The 25-year-old has been capped 17 times for Ghana, and he found the net in his national team’s shirt six times.
With Atletico’s squad boasting a large amount of talent in midfield, Partey hasn’t been able to nail down a guaranteed starting spot under Diego Simeone, and in the light of that fact, Emery, who is aware of his potential from his own successful days in Spain, would presumably jump on that narrative to try and persuade the player to swap Wanda Metropolitano for the Emirates.
Meanwhile, the situation surrounding Ramsey remains unchanged with the Welshman not keen on a January move and the club withholding all offers of a new deal, while the current one expires next summer. And while former manager Arsene Wenger believes there is still time for the issue to be resolved in a way that would see Ramsey extend his decade-long stay at the club, the situation is highly reminiscent of the one going on with Jack Wilshere throughout the course of last season. As we all know, Wilshere eventually left and is now plying his trade with West Ham under former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Gunners arguably have enough options in midfield even without Ramsey, but Emery is apparently looking to boost the section further as he aims for the team to do well in all four competitions.
However, the price might prove an obstacle difficult for Arsenal to overcome. Partey’s buyout clause reportedly amounts to £70million, and the club will have to get on Atletico’s good side in order to persuade them to part with the player for less.