After Thomas Partey reportedly said that he wants more game time after starring in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, according to Ghana Web, the Ghanaian midfielder may be looking for a move away from the Spanish capital.
Well, Arsenal and PSG are reportedly interested in the 25-year-old’s services, but it should be the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham who try hardest to lure the player to the new White Hart Lane.
With Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Eric Dier all vying for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield, you may be wondering where he would play should be move to Spurs.
However, if you scratch beneath the surface a bit more, his position in the team becomes clearer. Both Wanyama and Dembele have been struggling with injuries for a while now, with the Kenyan making just six appearances this season whilst the Belgian has been out of sorts.
Additionally, with many Tottenham fans unconvinced by Dier’s ability as a midfielder, new recruits should be targeted. Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is perhaps the number one option, but he may prove too expensive.
At just 22 years of age, and after playing more key passes than any other player in a Champions League match this season against PSV, some Spurs fans have been calling for the midfield to be built around the academy graduate.
However, at just 5ft 9in tall, his diminutive size could see him overpowered in the middle against more physical opponents.
In stark contrast the Atletico midfielder, whilst standing at 6ft 1in, has a far more muscular build to go alongside his excellent passing ability and decent shooting range. Pochettino often deploys two holding midfielders whilst allowing the full-backs to push on, so the pair could be the club’s midfield duo of choice for the foreseeable future.
In this market, Partey is probably valued at around £30m-£40m, which is a lot for Spurs considering the debts they’ve racked up whilst building their new stadium.
However, with Dembele said to be a target for Juventus, as per Sky Sports, some funds may be raised for new recruits, whilst the decision to sign no players in the last transfer window must surely have left some transfer cash aside.