Arsenal’s attempt to sign midfielder Thomas Partey, from Atletico Madrid this summer has been plagued with serious setback.
The EPL club offered both Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi to Atletico Madrid in its effort to strike a deal for Partey but at the end of the day the La Liga team rejected the offer.
In recent time Arsenal have been pursuing the Ghanaian international over the summer but have failed to make a breakthrough in discussions for his signature.
In Atletico Madrid where Partey is a player, there is a £45 million release clause in his current contract with the Diego Simeone’s side, and is insistent that the English club must pay that price if they really want to sign him.
For some time now Arsenal have been struggling in the area of finances due to the financial impact of COVID-19 and especially after the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes for £27million from Lille.
The Gunners are unlikely to meet the £45m for Partey, so they have been trying to negotiate a deal that involves swapping players.
The following players, Lacazette and Guendouzi were both offered in exchange for Partey, but Atletico did not take the bait, according to a respected Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano.
“For sure they [Arsenal] spoke with Atletico Madrid,” Romano said on Lee Gunner’s YouTube channel.
“It was during the meeting they had for Thomas, the first time it was in July.
“They spoke about Matteo Guendouzi, and they also spoke about Lacazette, but at the moment, Atletico Madrid was not going for Lacazette.”
Arsenal is now expected to either pay £45m to sign Partey or allow Atletico players to manage a swap deal.
The 27-year-old Partey, has his current contract with Atletico up till 2023, but he is also attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.