Could defensive offering break barriers in Arsenal’s Partey pursuit?

Arsenal are believed to be offering Atletico Madrid their choice of Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette or Lucas Torreira as part of the deal to sign Thomas Partey.

The Gunners have been strong in the chase of the Ghanaian this season, with the midfielder thoroughly impressing throughout, including dominating performances against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Reports on his possible switch to the Emirates have increased over the recent months, but the latest offering could well tempt the Spaniards.

Bellerin is highly rated across Europe after breaking into the Arsenal first-team back in 2014 and earning his stay there.

The 25 year-old is very much believed to have his best years ahead of him, and playing in Spain could well improve his chances of getting more international caps, having been limited to only three thus far.

Lucas Torreira wouldn’t be the worst option for Atletico either, with his ability to fill the gap left by Partey, although they are obviously not the same player.

Lacazette has also been linked with a switch to El Estadio Metropolitano previously, and should they decide to cave and finally allow Partey his wish, and allow him to join us, they may as well take a player who would boost their options also.

The Express doesn’t state just how much money would be on offer along with any of these players, but that may be up for negotiation upon response from Diego Simeone’s side.

Would any fans be disappointed to lose any of the trio on offer?


Tags Alexandre Lacazette Hector Bellerin Lucas Torreira Thomas Partey


  1. Any formation will do as long as it does not feature Mustafi (not suited for a title challenging team), Luiz, Socrates, Kolasinac, Torrera, Xhaka (bench maybe?)Ozil and Laca (remember i year no away goals? that ain’t good enough for a glory seeking team). Playing these mediocre fellas is is an insult to the top top talent in Emi, Tierney, Saka, Pepe, Auba, AMN, Gabreil (when he is back) and hopefully incoming Gabriel, Partey and Willian.

    1. Lacazette is mediocre? You have no idea how important he is to the team! Its clear to anyone who has a bit of knowledge about football

  2. Boss Arteta and the Arsenal board should think of positive minded players who could bring back the invicible glory at the club so going for partey, Gabriel and Willian will mount a challenge not only for top four spot but also the title
    Save us from frustration please

  3. A lot of rumours seem to be saying that talks are on hold until Atleti are done with the CL (same with Coutinho and Bayern’s campaign). They appear to have some interest in a few players but any deals will be treated separately for the sake of balancing books.

    More rumours suggest that Willian will be announced on Wednesday and Auba on Friday.

  4. Arsenal DESPERATELY NEED the
    likes of Xhaka, Mustafi and Laca
    to make a serious run for the EPL
    title and CL futbol next season.
    Should they be penciled in every
    game as guaranteed starters,? NO
    but quality depth is ESSENTIAL for
    MA’s side to be successful on so
    many fronts. Not to mention both
    Xhaka and Mustafi have probably
    been he most improved players
    under MA since the restart.
    Saka, Mart and Eddie are all very
    talented youngsters who have been
    impressive this season BUT
    expecting this trio, in addition to
    Willock, ESR and Nelson( if there
    not loaned out) to hold there own
    against the Top 4 is unfair to the
    lads and FOOLISH for MA.

    If the numbers are right, whether
    thru cash or used in a swap deal
    MG should be moved on.

    Ozil, Kola and Socratis aren’t
    movable assets sadly and will
    more than likely see out there

  5. A great try Patrick. You make a convincing case for the much necessary improvement on Bellerin happening at age 25 but we who are fans – some will agree, others, like me, will not – are not the ones who need convincing.

    I guess most of us would love to see one of your possibilities to gain Partey signature, come true. Whatever happens with PARTEY, I crave Bellerins leaving with all my heart

  6. @Jon Fox, i get it, you may not like the lad but Bellerin is still an asset who’s been very instrumental in two games against the chavs and it seems to me he’s highly rated by the coach. We need such players for squad depth if we must genuinely compete for the title.

  7. Why not send Torriera and Lacazette to Atletico for Partey???
    Torriera is valued at what 20-25 million and Lacazette at say 35 million??? If Partey is valued at 50 million and we have to pay tax on that maybe swapping both for him might work out better for both teams. I wouldn’t let Bellerin go at all as I think now he is fit again he will be great for us moving forward and Soares or Maitland Niles aren’t better then him. If we could pull that deal off and as reported we have 100 million to spend I’d go all out and pay the 70 million release clause for Koulibaly then I’d offer Lyon Guendouzi and 20 million for Aour these moves makes us a far better team but I’d still sell off deadwood Elneny, Chambers, Mikhitarian, Sokratis and Pay out Ozils contract so he isn’t a distraction in the squad. We need to get value for pieces we move on to get assets but my list of deadwood we just need to cut our losses and move them on so that this squad can be rebuilt and competitive again this season coming not 2-3 years down the road.

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