Arsenal target Thomas Partey makes decision on forcing Atletico Madrid transfer exit

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey won’t force a move away from Atletico Madrid, reports say. The Ghana international is Mikel Arteta’s main priority ahead of the deadline. But it appears the Gunners won’t be helped by the player himself.

Not content with signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, Arteta wants more.

The Arsenal boss has done a stellar job at the Emirates since his appointment earlier in the year, helping the Gunners win the FA Cup and Community Shield and secure Europa League football in the process.

Now, however, he wants to sign Partey.

He’s dreaming of pairing the Ghana international alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, with the 27-year-old impressing in La Liga with his slick displays for the Spanish side over the years.

Yet while Partey is uncertain about his future, Spanish newspaper Marca say he won’t be trying to force a move away from the club.

It’s claimed he’s already snubbed one offer of a new contract and wants more money to commit his future to Diego Simeone’s side, who would love to keep him.

But while that gives Arsenal hope, it seems the Gunners’ only way of securing his signature is to pay his £44.5million release clause.

The Gunners are trying to offload several players to raise funds, with money in short supply over at the Emirates Stadium in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Sokratis could be shown the door, alongside the likes of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil if suitable offers for the five arrive.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour recently opened up on Partey.

And he urged the club to sell Alexandre Lacazette to raise funds for the 27-year-old, telling talkSPORT: “Lacazette will be the one, the asset.

“You look at the assets they’ve got, there isn’t many really.

“They’ve got Aubameyang, but with him you’re not going to get as much as you’d like because, currently, he’s only got a year left on his contract.

“Probably the asset will be Lacazette. I know Juventus were interested in maybe buying him. Sometimes you have to lose a player to bring players in. You do need to freshen up the dressing room.

“I like Lacazette, he’s a decent player, but we have Eddie Nketiah and it’s all about whether he can step up now and improve as a centre-forward.

“That’s what Arteta will be looking at in training, ‘is he good enough to play week-in week-out as a striker?’

“Probably not at the moment, but he can improve and probably can do in a couple of years’ time.”

Former Ghana star Derek Boateng, however, thinks Partey should only leave Atletico for a club playing in the Champions League.

“He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time,” he said.

“You can make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.

“I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move.

“They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough.

“If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.”

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