Arsenal have been handed an early transfer blow as reports claim Thomas Partey is set to sign a new deal with Atletico Madrid.
According to Ghana Soccernet, the midfielder will sign a £130,000-a-week deal with a release clause of £87.2 million.
The 27-year-old was instrumental as Los Rojiblancos knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League and Arsenal were hoping to pounce.
Partey has been with Atletico since 2012 and is one of Diego Simeone’s most pivotal players.
He was viewed as the ideal man to add some steel to Mikel Arteta’s midfield. The Spaniard will now need to go down his list of targets and look elsewhere.
Partey has played 44 games in all competitions during 2019/20, scoring three goals and claiming one assist.
The midfield powerhouse would have been a class signing for the Gunners and it’s fair to say their fans are upset at the news.
Following reports of a new deal for Partey, the Arsenal fanbase took to Twitter. Although disappointed, some are philosophical; appreciating Partey would always be a dream whilst the Gunners remained outside the Champions League.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Gunners supporters as the 26-time Ghana international prepares to stick with his current club.
No Partey no problem, Kondogbia is available https://t.co/0ZMIbOCXGJ
— Wengerullah (@wengerullah) July 15, 2020
The sooner fans realize Partey aint coming, the better
— Gooner4Life (@Robbo14Arsenal) July 15, 2020
Partey not coming hahahahahahaha I knew it
— TTK (@Theeran09) July 15, 2020
I’ve been saying this months. We have no money for major signings. Our fans are delusional
— Pepe Nicolas (@NicolasPepes) July 14, 2020
We should focus on grealish and doucoure if both their teams relegate
— Harsh Srivastava (@VrhStiffler707) July 14, 2020
This ain’t going to happen we have too much other debt to deal with
— Jams ? (@SirJAshley_) July 14, 2020
Oooo what a shock agent uses us to get a better deal!
— MattJS ? (@listenoldchap) July 14, 2020
If we lose out on Partey, it’ll just be a sign of seasons to come. Mimimal improvements, minimal investment, classic Arsenal. This isn’t 2006 anymore. We need to spend just to keep up.
— Adam (@A_Witt10) July 14, 2020