Arsenal clinching £43.5million transfer could hinge on key condition

Arsenal need Champions League football to sign Thomas Partey.

It’s been suggested that Arsenal would need Champions League qualification to help them in their reported transfer pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

The Ghana international has been a top performer for Atletico for some time now, and looks to be just what Arsenal need in the middle of the park after a difficult season.

Still, the team’s poor form sees them sitting in 9th in the Premier League table, and James Benge of has suggested they would need to climb up into fourth to have any hope of having the money to afford a player like Partey, who he says would cost around £43.5million.

He said: “Arsenal want a combative, powerful midfielder who can dominate play in the middle area, can make contributions in both boxes and win the ball back.

“Partey ticks all those boxes. A fantastic player, he’s got a release clause that a club like Arsenal would look at and say that’s within their financial means under normal circumstances. It’s about £43.5m.

“So much is up in the air in terms of this transfer right now though. You have his contract talks with Atletico Madrid. Atletico would want to keep him. You have the simple reality of coronavirus which means Arsenal are in no position to make any big financial commitments like that just yet.

“If they qualify for the Champions League that money might become available.”

Let’s hope the season can resume soon and at least give us a chance of improving our form enough to break into the top four by the end of this season.

While it’s not been the best campaign, things have improved a lot under new manager Mikel Arteta, and it would be great to see us able to compete for quality players like Partey in the near future.

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  1. If you make CL you get more money but you have to buy higher priced players, pay highest salaries
    and charge outrageous ticket prices. Then you lose said over priced over paid players Ramsey Ozil Mknitarian Lacazette et all on a free. is it even worth it?

  2. I think websites like this must recognise that the financial structure of the game will be radically different when it restarts. Crowds aren’t going to be possible any time soon the likelihood is European travel may not be possible or encouraged and there will be huge uncertainty which means very few sides will be able to fund transfers anywhere near the size of previous deals . It might be the death of blogs which exist on spurious transfer gossip but apart from loan deals clubs will be focused on financial survival next season

  3. Absolutely right. The economic face of the country will change in ways which will effect the income of people everywhere. In many cases supporters will have to prioritise the way they spend their money and football will be way down the list. No gate money, no merchandise revenue ,paying the same player wages all adds up to trying to balance the books. Unless Kroenke injects a load of cash, in a legally acceptable way, I doubt very much if any significant transfer deals will take place at Arsenal.

  4. We need our billionaire owner to invest (even if in form of “a loan” or “Mansour like sponsorship deal”). Keep Auba, get Partey/Ndidi, not too sure about Isco maybe similar ‘under the radar gem’ like Carzola was. Get Upamecano. Kroenke needs to pay the cost to be boss!

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