It is being reported in the Daily Star that Arsenal are targeting a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who is available for £43 Million due to a release clause in his contract.
The 25-year-old holding midfielder is certainly keen on a move to the Premier League based on comments he made last year when he said “The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world. Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there.”
Arsenal is not the only club interested though, Manchester City are also said to be tracking the Ghana international.
So, we have a player that is interested in playing in the Premier League and according to the media, we want to sign him.
Now, how good is Partey and is he a realistic option for us?
The answer to the first question is that he is very good and would certainly be a decent replacement for Ramsey, albeit, in a slightly different position, Partey is more a holding player, whereas Ramsey does like to push forward at every opportunity. If you want to compare Partey to a player he would be more an N’Golo Kante type of player, so he is not exactly a direct replacement for Ramsey but he is certainly a player we should try and sign, he has immense experience, is a regular for Atletico and has his best years ahead of him.
The answer to the second question is, yes, he is definitely a realistic option for us, he will cost £43 Million but that is cheap for a player of his quality and age, we can afford him in my opinion, we may or may not have to offload players, we may have to limit how many players we actually sign, who knows the truth about our financial situation, but what I do know is this, the price for Partey is a bargain and if he really wants to play in the Premier League and if he wants to play for us, we should go for him, simple as that.