Arsenal have to tell Juventus no, amid reports of Partey and Ramsey swap deal
Juventus are apparently proposing a swap deal involving Thomas Partey and Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal simply have to say no on this occasion.
Ramsey, who is doing well with Wales at Euro 2020, is thought to be open to the idea of a return to Arsenal. Partey, meanwhile, only arrived at the club last summer in a £45m deal.
Both clubs, it seems, are keen on strengthening the ranks this summer.
For the Gunners, midfield seems a priority. The links to Ramsey, then, are natural, especially given his good form in the last two weeks.
But the thought of Partey going the other way is an odd one. In fact, it’s bordering on ludicrous that it’s even up for suggestion.
Build around Partey, not instead of
It’s not unfair to say Partey didn’t exactly set the world alight last season following his move from Atletico. At times he looked brilliant. But for the most part, he suffered niggling injuries and never quite got going.
But that’s not to say he isn’t the man for the Gunners. In midfield, they need to ensure they have strength and power, as well as creativity. In a nutshell, that’s what Partey was brought in for.
The whole process for Arsenal seems to have been around finding the right man to go alongside Partey. It seems utterly bizarre, then, that they’d even consider Ramsey and some cash in return for the Ghanaian.
With Ben White set to arrive in the coming days, it’s about adding to and building on the best blocks already in place for Arsenal. Getting rid of Partey is not the way, and he should be seen as integral.
If there’s another way to get Aaron Ramsey back, then some Gunners will no doubt buy into it. But if Partey is used as a makeweight, then expect a big backlash.
This ‘deal’, essentially, needs to be a no-go.