Arsenal’s interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been well-documented recently. As reported by AS, the Gunners are one of a handful of clubs across Europe seemingly keen on the Ghanaian.
His current €50 million (£43.5m) release clause certainly helps matters. That price is something of a bargain for a player of Partey’s ability. Indeed, Atletico is trying to raise that fee to a more fitting €100 million (£88m).
But, as reported by Football.London, Arsenal may not be in a financial position to afford the reported £43.5 million fee this summer.
It means the Gunners might need to be creative in any approach for the player.
Which is where Alexandre Lacazette comes in to play.
As reported by France Football this week, Arsenal are hopeful of keeping contract rebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the sale of the French striker more likely.
So why not include him in any potential deal for Partey?
the current circumstances, swap deals could become a great way for teams to do business by minimising the financial implications of any transfer. Lacazette is seemingly up for grabs at The Emirates and swapping him for Partey could reduce the cost of any deal dramatically.
Plus, it is fairly well-known that Atletico boss Diego Simeone is a fan of Lacazette. In 2017, as reported by Sky Sports, the Spanish side agreed a deal to sign Lacazette from Lyon, contingent on their transfer ban for signing international under-16 players being lifted. It wasn’t, the deal to sign Lacazette was scrapped and the French international headed to Arsenal in a reported (Guardian) £52.7 million deal.
As reported by MARCA in January, it was a transfer collapse that Lacazette ‘still regrets now’ and the same report suggested that Atletico remain keen on the Arsenal attacker.
With Arsenal wanting Partey and Atletico wanting Lacazette, a straight swap this summer might be the best move for both clubs involved.