Thomas Partey is keen on a move to Arsenal as the Gunners have stepped up their push to sign the midfielder from Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield options in the summer transfer window and Partey is one of his top targets.
However, the Gunners are likely to have a restricted budget for the upcoming window as their finances have taken a hit following the coronavirus pandemic, while the club are also on course to miss out on another season in the Champions League.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal have ‘intensified’ their interest in Partey ahead of the summer window.
But the Gunners are not willing to meet the midfielder’s €50 million (£43m) release clause.
Arsenal, however, will be boosted by the fact that Partey is keen on the idea of joining Arteta’s side this summer.
Atletico have already offered Partey a new contract which would double his current £65,000-a-week deal and increase his release clause to over €100m (£87.2m).
In April, Partey’s father claimed that Arsenal had already made an approach to sign the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Partey’s Atletico Madrid teammate, Kieran Trippier, has praised the midfielder’s talent.
‘I’d seen him play for Atletico but I didn’t realise how good he is,’ said the former Tottenham defender.
‘It’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically, he’s got everything.
‘He ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with but Mousa is Mousa, he’s on a different planet. Even in training he’s just in cruise control.
‘Ask anybody who has played with him and they’ll say Mousa Dembele. That’s how good he was. It was frightening.
‘But Thomas is still very young and everybody loves him out here.’
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