Arsenal have to use all means they can to convince their priority transfer target Thomas Partey to land at Emirates as the player is expected to make a key decision.
Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his reeling midfield area and has identified the Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder as the one to ransom that section.
The Ghana international is available for £43.6million (€50m) due to a release clause in his contract, but Arteta may miss out on Thomas Partey.
Atletico Madrid have offered the Ghanaian a new and an improved deal to commit future at Wanda Metropolitano and also increased the value of his buy-out clause.
The 26-year-old’s father, Jacob, claimed he spoke to his son, who confirmed the talks with the Gunners are underway, though Partey and his representatives declined the statement claiming ‘there is absolutely no truth’ is the allegation.
According to a new report, Arsenal are facing a major challenge of signing Partey as the player is happy at Madrid.
Also, it is hard to understand if Arsenal have the financial muscle to scoop Partey, who has a price tag of €50m (£47m/$54m).
Much as Arsenal first-team players and the coaching staff agreed on a 12.5% pay cut, it is still unclear the impact the coronavirus will have on the club’s transfer budget.
Thomas Partey would be an essential asset for the Gunners as he would bring his defensive masterstroke to the club and help Arteta in his plan to rebuild a team he adopted from Unai Emery.