Arsenal are being linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
According to a report from Libertad Digital, the Gunners are prepared to trigger the Ghana international’s release clause this summer.
Apparently Partey is currently locked in negotiations with Atleti about a new deal, which would see him get a wage increase and a higher release clause.
It is therefore paramount that Arsenal get to work behind the scenes if they really want the 26-year-old.
Realistically, Partey is exactly the kind of player they should be going for, and is someone who would more than make up for the club’s failure to get Fabinho from AS Monaco in the summer of 2018.
In October of last year, former Arsenal manager Unai Emery revealed (Evening Standard) that he wanted to sign the Brazilian, before he eventually completed his reported £44 million (Telegraph) move to Liverpool.
Since arriving at Anfield, Fabinho has gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp and is now one of the team’s most important players.
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Seeing Fabinho dominate games for Liverpool has to sting for Arsenal supporters following Emery’s admission last year.
The South American has excelled at the base of the Reds’ midfield and is now widely considered one of the very best in Europe in his position.
Arsenal’s loss in the summer of 2018 was most definitely Liverpool’s gain, but the north Londoners managing to sign Partey would go some way to making up for that oversight.
The star is right up there with Fabinho in terms of the top holding midfielders in Europe, and it would be a major statement from Arsenal if they could get a deal for him done.