Thomas Partey has told friends he wants to join Arsenal this summer and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Atletico Madrid.
Partey has been identified by Mikel Arteta as a priority target this summer, with the Spaniard keen on adding defensive cover in his central midfield.
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Arsenal have long searched for a defensive midfielder after Arsene Wenger neglected the role in his later years at the Emirates
But Arteta was set to have a limited budget this summer before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The pandemic is set to further impact Arsenal’s finances but Arteta remains hopeful that a deal can be done and knows that Atletico are interested in Alexandre Lacazette, who he’s willing to let go.
Partey has a release clause of £45million which Arsenal could trigger at any time but they must be convinced that the midfielder wants to make the move.
Source: Complete Sports