Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey has informed his father he is currently in talks with Arsenal over a possible move to the Emirates, as relayed by AS.
Apparently, Jacob Partey says his son has told him the rumours about it were true, that there is genuine interest in his services from the Gunners and that he is in talks with them, although he added that the matter was still in Atletico’s hands as they wait to see what they will be offering now.
The Rojiblancos have reportedly already presented the 26-year-old with an offer of a new deal. Although his current one doesn’t expire before 2023, his release clause contained within it is set at €50 million, which they believe is a sum too small for a player of his quality.
The Daily Express recently reported that Arsenal had already submitted a bid of £43 million for Partey’s services to Atletico, which comes very close to the alleged €50m release clause. If so, it will be hard to imagine Arsenal not going all the way and triggering the clause if necessary, but it would still very much depend on what the player wants to do.
If it’s true that he’s now waiting for some kind of an improved offer from Atletico, this whole thing may turn out to have been just an act; he may well be using the interest from Arsenal as an argument to negotiate a more lucrative deal to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano. And it seems likely enough, especially if he instructed his father to go public with this information.
The AS report suggests much would depend on Atletico’s Champions League qualification, which doesn’t look very likely at the moment. They did manage to get past Liverpool in UEFA’s elite club competition this term, but they still don’t stand much chance of winning it. They’re currently outside the top four in La Liga, and if the Spanish football authorities decide to cut the season over and declare the results as they are, all realistic hopes of their involvement in next season’s Champions League would likely be over.
On the other hand, Arsenal don’t have much to brag about on that front either.