Thomas Partey might scupper a move to Arsenal this summer

The Athletic has revealed that Thomas Partey can actually scupper his move to Arsenal this summer even if the Gunners manage to reach an agreement with Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder has emerged as Mikel Arteta’s top transfer target as the Spaniard bolsters his team ahead of the new season.

Atletico Madrid is unwilling to sell and they have told Arsenal that they will have to pay his 50 million euros release clause if they are serious about signing him.

The north Londoners have tried their best to get the deal done and they even proposed a player swap but it was turned down and they were referred back to his release clause.

There is still time for both teams to find a middle ground, however, the report claims that the midfielder can spoil the move.

This is because it claims that the Ghanaian has a high salary expectation ahead of the transfer.

Arsenal doesn’t have all the money in the world and they are already struggling to offload their highest earner, Mesut Ozil.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to be handed a new mega-money deal as well, if Partey makes a high salary demand, the Gunners might simply back out of the negotiations.

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5 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    Maybe so but we all knew he was not going to accept peanuts if he comes. Didn’t we? Well I did and I am sure plenty of others did too.

    It is an easy trick to fool many naive fans into thinking you are desperate to come to their club , when generally speaking, what most attracts any player is the wage, the contract, the country and specific city(in other words the lifestyle) and also chance of silverware. What the fans want barely ever rates a single consideration from almost any player, even when they lie on social media that it has influenced them.

    That is lifes reality about how players make their decision where to move or even IF they move or not. Such mass fan naivety and how sad! I do not say Partey does not want to come here, but to believe he is much influenced by fan adulation on social media is to flatter yourselves.

    I NEVER TAKE AS GOSPEL TRUTH, STATEMENTS ISSUED FOR PUBLIC EFFECT BY ALMOST ANYONE IN FOOTBALL. I MAKE UP MY OWN MIND, ON THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE, WHETHER OR NOT THEY SPEAK TRUTH. SOMETIMES THEY DO SPEAK TRUTH BUT OFTEN THEY DO NOT. REALITY!

  2. Durand says:

    If you want top players they will cost top wages. Arsenal tend to overpay mediocrity, and balk at world class players wanting world class wages.
    If rumors about 200k a week are true, let’s remember he’s one of the best B2B midfielders in the world that can do it all. He would be a key player getting us to challenge for the title.
    Kinda Arsenal DNA though, to ALMOST build a title contending team, but forever be a player or two short? Sound familiar?

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 Spot on Durand.

  3. ozziegunner says:

    Atletico Madrid have a €50 million buy out clause in Thomas Partey’s current contract. Arsenal has so far failed to activate this clause. Partey has made it very clear that he will not force a move away from Atletico Madrid. AM have made it clear they want to keep him and have offered Partey an improved contract with a greatly increased buy out clause, such that he would be unattainable for Arsenal. Partey has so far refused to sign that contract and has indicated that he wants to move to the EPL to play for Arsenal, who he followed as a boy.
    AM has lined up Marc Roca of relegated Espanyol to take Partey’s place, but AM is cash strapped and needs sales.
    Meanwhile Arsenal plays a game of chicken to see who blinks first, offering players plus cash, but not the straight cash AM needs.
    One can understand that Partey may question Arsenal’s desire to bring him to the Emirates and with so few days left to the start of the season just lose patience and re sign with AM.
    Arsenal appears to have no Plan B, like bidding for Marc Roca or similar player. Apparently Roca is good enough for Atletico Madrid, but not good enough for Arsenal.
    So much for Arsenal’s ambition to not be able to sign its number one transfer target and failure to announce re signing Aubameyang.

  4. gunnerforlife says:

    If his wages are too high for Arsenal, than Arsenal should look at other players who can do a similar role as Partey but are cheaper. No point in pursuing someone whom you cannot afford to pay.

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