Word stemming from the media over the last 24 hours suggests that Thomas Partey has come to the decision to snub interest in his signature, to extend his stay with Atletico Madrid.
Partey’s uncertain future
Speculation surrounding the future of Ghanaian international Partey has been rampant of late.
Amid another superb campaign to date, during which the 27-year-old has again proven himself to be one of the finest midfielders in La Liga, Partey has inevitably been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
What makes Partey’s situation such an intriguing one for interested clubs, though, is the presence of a rumoured €50 million release clause in the all-action Atleti star’s contract.
With the funds available to clubs across Europe expected to be down this summer on the back of the COVID-19 crisis, and top-quality midfielders in scarce supply, sides in need of reinforcements in the middle of the park could do a lot worse than Partey, especially at the aforementioned price.
As outlined above, meanwhile, the club thought to have been leading the race for Partey’s signature, for some time now, have been Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta is known to be a fan of the Ghanaian’s talents, with Partey exactly the type of upgrade the Gunners’ midfield has so long been crying out for.
As such, when recent reports went as far as to suggest that the Atletico star’s agents were to fly to London to ‘finalise talks’ over an Emirates switch, Arsenal’s expectant fanbase could have been excused for allowing their excitement to get the better of them.
BARCELONA, SPAIN – March 01: Thomas Partey #5 of Atletico Madrid in action during the Espanyol V Atletico Madrid, La Liga regular season match at RCDE Stadium on March 1st 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
If the latest information being pushed in Partey’s home country over the last 24 hours is to be believed, however, then the hopes of the north Londoners’ appear to have been dealt a fatal blow.
According to Ghanasoccernet, the leading football news source in the country, Partey is now closer than ever to putting pen-to-paper on a new deal in the Spanish capital.
It is claimed that the Rojiblancos have offered to double the current £65,000-per-week wages of their midfield standout.
The terms on offer would also see Partey’s release clause increase to £87 million.
‘Reports indicate that his representatives and Atlético Madrid hierarchy led by Enrique Cerezo have found a common ground and he will be inking the deal in the coming days.’
— Ghanasoccernet.com (@Ghanasoccernet) July 14, 2020