Reported Arsenal target Thomas Partey has been urged to join the Gunners by fellow Ghana international Edwin Gyasi, in conversation with Modern Ghana.
The Telegraph reported earlier in May that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is interested in signing the Atletico Madrid man, who in turn would be open to a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Partey has come through the ranks at Atletico and has made 174 competitive senior appearances, registering 15 goals and 12 assists, and has helped Los Colchoneros win the 2017-18 Europa League and the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.
Speculation linking the 26-year-old to Arsenal gathered pace in April when his father was quoted as saying that both parties have been in contact about a possible switch to London.
“I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true,” Jacob Partey told Tru FM’s Sports World Show, as quoted by Football London. “He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal.”
Though the player’s agency, JJ Sports, subsequently that Arsenal actually weren’t as close to landing Partey as had been suggested, telling Marca that the speculation “is all fake”, reports continue to emerge linking the two parties together.
“I think with his class of play, he can play for every club,” Gyasi, currently with CSKA Sofia, told Modern Ghana.
“He is that kind of player you will love to have in your team. He can attack and he can also defend.
“Partey can play for all of these teams but personally, I will love to see him play for Arsenal because Arsenal is my favourite club.”
Partey is a player of the highest calibre, a key member of the Atletico side which knocked current Champions League holders Liverpool out of the competition at the last 16 stage.
A no-nonsense defensive midfielder, his reputation is growing across European football, and he’s shown he can impress on the elite stage.
Indeed, he has been approved by fellow midfield ace and Arsenal cult hero Cesc Fabregas, who described the Atleti man as “very good” back in December.
Thomas es muy bueno
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) December 1, 2019
Partey usually sits in a deeper midfield role in front of the back four and is an expert at breaking up play with his aggressive tackling and reading of the game, something Arsenal really could do with.