The clock is ticking.
There is now just over a week to go until the 2020/21 Premier League season gets underway, with Arsenal kicking-off the new campaign against newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.
It has been a steady summer of transfer activity for the Gunners so far, landing four permanent deals, including the signings of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and Willian.
But head coach Mikel Arteta, who is close to landing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos for the second season in succession, is hungry for more.
And one man who is continuing to be linked with a switch to North London is Atletico Madrid midfield ace Thomas Partey, with the Gunners desperate to add some steel to their midfield.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about Partey’s future and Arsenal’s interest in him.
What the player has said
The player has previously talked about his desire to play in the Premier League to put Arsenal on red alert.
“At the moment, I am happy at my club,” Partey told ESPN, speaking last summer.
“But in football, you never know when and where you’ll be in the next day or year
“The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world,” he added. “Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there.
“My agents are on it so I will leave everything for them,” he added.
“For me, I am happy playing football and I will continue to play where I am now until something comes up for consideration.”
Father’s Premier League hint
Partey’s father also reiterated his son’s desire to move to England one day.
“I personally told him to move on, if he is not wanted at where he is right now,” he told Enigye FM.
“Because he might be wanted at somewhere else and so he will like to move to England if he gets the chance.”
Arsenal ‘make contact’
According to The Guardian, Atletico Madrid have moved to fend off serious interest from Arsenal by offering Thomas Partey a new contract.
The Gunners have reportedly established contact with Thomas Partey’s entourage and have shown the greatest desire to sign the player among all interested clubs.
The report also claims Mikel Arteta is keen to add him to the Arsenal squad, but the Gunners have not lodged an official bid yet.
Partey’s dad confirms talks
Arsenal fans have been getting excited about the rumours linking Partey to the Emirates.
And the excitement will be ramped up with the news that Partey’s father has confirmed transfer talks between Atletico and the Gunners.
Speaking to Tru FM he said: “I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true.
“He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal.”
Atletico ‘open’ to selling if price is right
According to Di Marzio, Atletico Madrid are ready to part company with Thomas Partey this summer, but only if the right offer is made.
In a Q&A on Sky Sports, the Italian journalist wrote: ‘Arsenal want him [Thomas Partey] a lot. Every Atletico Madrid player is in the market.
‘So, it depends a lot on the offer. Atletico are open to selling every player if the offer is good.
‘It also depends how much #Arsenal can afford? And how much Atletico want.
‘Atletico will want money, so its difficult to see them doing a deal involving other players as part of it. They’re very smart when it comes to deals & it wont be a surprise if Partey stays.’
Partey ‘open’ to Arsenal transfer
The latest rumour is that Partey has made it clear he would like to move to Arsenal and is hoping a deal can be struck between the clubs.
In addition, the Telegraph claim that Atletico retain an interest in Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette and will be one of the European clubs open for swap deals.
Could Partey be heading to the Emirates with Lacazette moving in the opposite direction?
Ghana defender Kasim Nuhu has described the Premier League as the “best” league in world football as speculation about fellow countryman Partey’s future continues to mount.
Nuhu – who plays his club football for German club Hoffenheim – has become the latest person to weigh in on the Partey to Arsenal transfer story, claiming that the Premier League is the “best league in the world,” suggesting that he may have dropped a subtle hint to his international teammate about sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium.
“Atletico is a very good club, so he’s playing one of the biggest clubs in the world and Arsenal is also one of the biggest, but as we all know the Premier League is the best league in the world, so if he joins Arsenal I will be happy for him,” he said.
Partey prefers Arsenal over PSG
Thomas Partey would favour a move to Arsenal amid Paris St-Germain’s interest.
That’s according to GHANAsoccernet.com.
The report states that PSG are keen to use their financial muscle to ruin the player’s potential dream to Arsenal. But Partey is said to be unwilling to move to France after telling close friends he would love to sign for the Premier League giants.
Furthermore, it’s reported that Partey has indicated to his advisors in “clear” terms he wants to join Arsenal in this summer.
Atletico open to swap deal
According to a report by Gol Digital in Spain, Atletico Madrid are contemplating the idea of scrapping the €50million valuation on midfield enforcer Partey in an attempt to possibly lure Arsenal into a like-for-like swap deal.
The Ghana international is one of the Gunners’ main targets ahead of the next transfer window opening for business, with Arteta desperate to strengthen his midfield options.
But with financial resources likely to be in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal may be denied the opportunity to land the 27-year-old.
However, according to the latest report, Atletico boss Diego Simeone is a big fan of Gunners midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and would be open to the idea of a swap deal.
Guendouzi has been closely linked with an exit from the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks and a move to Atletico in exchange for Partey could be a deal that suits all parties.
According to ESPN FC, if Arsenal miss out on Partey, the Gunners will look to seal a deal for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira.
The 28-year-old is thought to have a release clause of around £54million, but it is claimed Porto could be willing to sell the midfielder for around a third of that price in order to meet UEFA’s financial fair play requirements.
The Portugal midfielder has two-years left on his contract with Porto.