Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey ahead of the summer window, and former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell has backed a move for the Ghanaian on Twitter.
Spanish outlet Libertad Digital have claimed that Arsenal were in talks to sign the 26-year-old from Diego Simeone’s side, and are willing to meet the powerhouse’s £42million release clause. However, Atleti are not going down without a fight.
Indeed, Atleti are in contract talks with Partey’s representatives and are keen to offer him a new deal – not only to improve his terms, but to remove the release clause currently interesting Arsenal.
Now, former Arsenal striker and AFTV presenter Campbell has backed a potential signing of Partey – who came through the Atleti reanks to clock up 172 senior appearances for the La Liga giants. Campbell described the midfielder as “brilliant”.
Good player and would be brilliant in our midfield. Size power and physicality in abundance! ⭐️😉👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿
— Kevin Campbell (@1kevincampbell) February 25, 2020
TBR’s view – Arteta looking to bring in midfield steel
With Dani Ceballos unlikely to sign a permanent deal at The Emirates after a difficult season on loan from Real Madrid, Arsenal will be somewhat lightweight in midfield – with Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi the only options.
Arteta certainly needs one, if not two central midfielders with another Europa League campaign potentially on the horizon. Partey would be stunning addition, given he fits into Arteta’s aggressive, powerful style of football.
At just £42m, Arsenal would be landing themselves a bargain in Partey who certainly has plenty more years at the top level – given he has managed only around 200 senior appearances at professional level.