Arsenal’s bid to bring Thomas Partey to the club this summer is over,according to a report in England. Mikel Arteta is overseeing his firs...
Arsenal’s bid to bring Thomas Partey to the club this summer is over,according to a report in England.
Mikel Arteta is overseeing his first summer transfer window in charge at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners boss has already been busy bringing in Willian and with Lille Centre back Gabriel Magalhaes soon set to follow. The club have also already confirmed permanent deals for loan players that the club sign in January Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari
Alongside Lille defender Gabriel, the man at the top of their transfer list is Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.
Partey has three years left on his contract, but Atletico cannot stand in his way if another club activates his €50m release clause.
However, that price appears out of Arsenal’s price range. In fact the Gunners have tried to get creative to bring the price down by offering player and cash offer.
Indeed, previous reports have suggested they have rejected offers from Arsenal that had used players as counterparts to reduce the cost.
Atleti, however, are adamant they won’t be giving any discounts on that 50 million price tag.
As such, Spanish publication Sport claims Arsenal have been forced to abandoned their interest in Partey. The report adds that Arsenal’ failure to drive down the asking price has forced the decision as they ‘don’t intend to pay the €50m demanded’.