Sources: Arsenal working on Partey deal
Arsenal are working on securing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey before Monday’s transfer deadline after indicating they are willing to pay the midfielder’s £45 million release clause, sources have told ESPN.
The Gunners have retained an interest in the 27-year-old throughout the summer but Atletico refused to budge from their valuation with Arsenal struggling to finance the deal as they sought to trim a bloated squad.
However, Lucas Torreira is set to finalise a loan move to Atletico in a separate transaction while Matteo Guendouzi is set to join Hertha Berlin, freeing up space for Partey to complete a dramatic deadline day switch.
First-team manager Mikel Arteta made signing a central midfielder his top priority and had hoped to pull off a move for Lyon‘s Houssem Aouar but the Ligue 1 side were unwilling to lower their €60m asking price.
Arsenal had also enquired about Chelsea‘s Jorginho but the Blues did not want to strengthen a domestic rival. Arsenal had scouted Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira as well but opted not to follow up that interest and he moved to Paris Saint-Germain instead.
That chain of events meant Arsenal circled back to a decision on whether to trigger Partey’s release clause.
Sources have told ESPN that now Arsenal have now shown a willingness to pay the £45m fee, personal terms are set to be discussed and a medical is likely to take place in Spain.
Partey is keen on a move to the Premier League and all parties are optimistic a deal can be reached before the 11 p.m. BST (6 p.m. ET) deadline.