Arsenal are keen on bolstering their midfield with the addition of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, according to Ghanasoccernet.com.
Unai Emery has found his feet in the Premier League after leading Arsenal to nine consecutive victories across all competitions prior to the international break but there is still further work to do in the January transfer witness.
According to Ghanasoccernet.com, Emery is ready to fight former employers Paris Saint-Germain for the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who kept Mesut Ozil quiet when he featured as a right-back in the two sides’ Europa League semi-final clash in May, as Marca state he is keen on an extending from the Spanish capital.
However, there is confusion regarding how much the 25-year-old will cost as Mundo Deportivo, also reporting Arsenal’s interest, say he has a release clause of €50m in their print edition whereas AS claim a deal reached in January raised the figure to a whopping €80m.
Regardless of how much Thomas Partey would cost Arsenal, the fact of the matter is signing the Ghana international would be a waste of resources due to the strength that the Gunners already boast in the middle of the park.
Summer signings Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have impressed so far this season, while Granit Xhaka has improved significantly under Emery’s guidance and the Gunners also have Egypt international Mohamed Elneny.
While the ongoing saga concerning Aaron Ramsey suggests a new midfielder could be recruited, a replacement would be a more attacking player whereas Partey is a very defensive midfielder.