Arsenal pull the plug on their pursuit of key midfield target

Arsenal have pulled out of their long-standing pursuit of Thomas Partey, with Atletico Madrid refusing to discuss any transfer for less than his release clause.

The Gunners have been linked with the 27 year-old throughout the current season, with him enjoying a thoroughly impressive Champions League campaign including putting Premier League champions Liverpool to the sword, and the player himself had refused to pour cold water on the speculation. now insists that we have withdrawn from our pursuit of the Ghanaian midfielder, with widespread reports that his current club are unwilling to accept anything other than his release clause of €50 Million paid in full.

This comes a day after we at JustArsenal claimed that Amadou Diawara, who the Express report is being made available by Roma, could well be a more viable alternative due to his asking price of £27 Million, which may or may not be the new plan.

We do appear to have succeeded in our chase to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille this summer however, despite strong interest from both Napoli and Manchester United, with the defender expected to be announced as joining the club any day now.

Our club is believed to be keen on adding at least one central midfielder to our current crop going into the new season, with questions having been raised of our options for the previous term, as well as the fact that Dani Ceballos has returned to his parent club having completed his loan deal.

I personally struggle to believe that we would have completely pulled out of the race to sign Partey unless we had made advances in signing an alternative option, although it could well be that we are playing hardball following their stubborn stance on his future.

How many central additions are needed before we can be happy with our options?


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  1. didn’t @Kev say that don’t believe any BS that we’ll pull out of this move?
    Also Ornstien stated that he is still our No1 priority.
    we dont even have the money yet to hit his release, we all knew that it would take time to get the cash together by selling players, my advice is to just chill out and wait, patients is a virtue!

    1. Of course you are right. I took one of my favorite beers after lunch. Obviously it wasn’t good for me. And I have not much of “impulse control”. But the news that Thomas Partey have signed for the Gunners is the only reason I followed News Now for almost 6 months. Six month… One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

    2. If the club sell AMN, Holding and Chambers that should make £50m.

      Sokratis and Kolasinac look set to go too. Whilst obviously Guendozi, Elneny, Mkhitaryan and Ozil are no longer fancied plus either Macey or Iliev should be sold, whilst Mustafi could be another.

      A lot of sales or loans but let’s face it none of them are considered to be starting x1 once Gabriel is announced.

  2. There were also reports saying Gabriel was waiting on United and looked bound to end up there. That did not happen. It’s one report from a Spanish paper that is not even reliable, folks. Ornstein said even yesterday that he is our #1 target this summer, and until he says things have changed I’m not going to believe a paper that is on slightly more reliable than Daily Star.

    1. Athletico is not an easy club to do business with. We should buy Thiago Alcantara and Arturo Vidal.

  3. Vidal ? Why would we sign an aging hatchet man.Please try and be sensible and realistic.Sakaria and Doucoure would be excellent acquisitions.

    1. lol Grandad. I am tired of Hearing Thomas Party news. Anyone will do at this stage. Thomas Partey is a player I really want us to sign. but my guts saying it won’t happen. so just get Vidal the ageing hatchet man. Better than nothing.

    1. Yes Sue. But there are no movements at the moment as per player sales. It is looking likely that we won’t sign Partey. The season will soon start.

      1. Everything seems to take forever, as far as we’re concerned, Skills. Is it too much to ask to have your team ready and raring to go for the first game of the season and not the fifth?!! Really frustrates me!! Sheesh!!

        1. yea i get you Sue but this transfer window is unlike any other.
          The pandemic has hit the world of football extremely hard so money is just not there and the fact that the window usually starts in july, we usually have 6 ( or 7) weeks from the window opening till the first game of the season.
          This time round its 3 weeks for us so we just need to be patient.
          We have so many players we can sell but because most are absolute crap and earn so much, its harder to move them on for anywhere near their true value, its just going to take time.

          1. I know, Val, maybe I should just be happy with what we’ve done so far 🤪 Willian and Gabriel ain’t too shabby, is it?!
            Plus, we’re not like City and Chelsea with their bottomless pits of cash!
            And yes, you’re right, about moving on some of our ‘average’ players… nothing is straight forward with our team is it? And what worries me even more is after that worldie from Elneny earlier, Arteta will see him as good enough!!! 🤣🤣🤣

  4. Arsenal should pay the 45m pounds for Thomas Partey. We can sell other players later.

    Ozil: loan him to any Turkish club for next season.
    Kolasinac: sell him to schalke04
    Guendouzi: sell him to Villarreal or PSG
    Socratis: sell him to Napoli
    Torrera: sell him to AC Milan
    Mustafi: Give him a one year contract
    Holding: Loan him to leeds
    Chambers: Sell him to fulham

    We should keep AMN. He should be rotated with Tierney. Discontinue the Saka at left back experiment. Play Saka as a winger next season.

  5. Even if Arsenal raised the 45m pounds to buy Thomas Partey, then,there is another problem of his wage demand of over 200,000 pounds weekly. He is currently paid only 65,000 pounds weekly at Athletico Madrid. He is already 28 years old. With that sort of salary, in 3 years from now, can Arsenal offload him easily, if his play is on the decline? Arsenal will therefore be forced to allow him to run down his contract and leave for free. If Partey accepts a weekly salary of not more than 130,000 pounds , then arsenal should buy him. His wage demand, tells me he does not want to play for Arsenal or he is just too greedy. I think Arsenal priority should be a creative midfielder like Houssem Aouar. Having strengthened the backline already, Arsenal could add a younger defensive midfielder, Amadou Diawara too.

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