£43M target’s father confirms Arsenal transfer talks

Thomas Partey has been in talks with Arsenal over a summer move, his father has confirmed.

It has been widely reported that the Gunners are strongly interested in a deal to bring the Ghanaian international to the Emirates this summer after a number of impressive displays for Atletico Madrid, and those reports are now confirmed.

Jacob Partey revealed the story to Adeiso-based radio station Tru FM, adding that he would be happy if the move was completed.

Jacob said: “I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true.

“He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding.

“If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot supporters in Ghana. I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal.

“What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.”

This news comes as the deal was looking to be off the table, with his current club Atletico Madrid said to have tabled a new contract in a bid to keep the tenacious midfield enforcer.

I really hope this isn’t some shrewd plot put together to bump up his stance in contract negotiations with the Atleti, with the player himself previously stating that his stay depends on whether his club wants him.

Is Partey on his way to the Emirates? Could he prove to be the perfect player to build the midfield around?


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  1. Patrick, not to build the midfield around, but to build the whole team around. This guy is the wheel hub, as we say in Sweden, the hub around which everything is spinning. The swedish word is “nav”. Let’s hope the negotiations goes well. Thomas Partey is the key man for the rebuilding of Asn’l, “the resurrection” at the Ashburton Grove. Hallelujah.

  2. This is one rumour that I suspect is true, in that I think Arsenal DO want him. Whether he comes though is a completely different matter and involves HUGE MONEY. WANTING AND GETTING ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATTERS.

  3. I am a Ghanaian and I was very happy to hear the rumour. Partey would offer us what we don’t have at arsenal. Denfensively brilliant, good midfield dominator, better dribbler and a creator in the final third. He has a great shot power and accuracy too.
    Fingers crossed.

  4. I hope we get him. That will mean so much is sorted in that team. If we can somehow Axel Disasi, in addition to Party, we can begin to look up.

    But we also need the Aubameyang situation resolved. I think we will be more than okay if all these are sorted.

    Then we work on our teamwork. Understanding among the players and between the players and the coach. This may take about of time bit once done, we will be ready to kick ass.

  5. If he signs for us, I would argue he’ll be the most important signing in well over a decade for Arsenal.

  6. He is absolutely needful for us gunners, a strong midfielder who is comfortable on the ball. We need him at the base of our midfield with two half-eights and then, the middle of our park would be fully set. Fingers crossed!

  7. He would be an excellent acquisition but how do we fund the sizeable transfer fee? Would Madrid be interested in Auba or Laca?

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