Arsenal have been given a major boost after Atletico performed a U-turn over long-time midfield target, Thomas Partey.
The Gunners’ engine room is considered an area of relative weakness, with Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira often failing to provide adequate cover for a vulnerable defence.
And Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid enforcer Thomas Partey.
The 27-year-old was instrumental in knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage.
Atletico appeared to have ruled out an exit despite the player’s £44.8m release clause (€50m). But the latest Spanish reports have revealed a dramatic U-turn.
Spanish radio show Cadena COPE (via The Metro) state that ‘Atletico’s bosses are now keen to cash in on Partey, even for a fee under his buyout.’
The change of direction is explained by the coronavirus pandemic, with Partey seen as one sure fire way to raise much needed funds for a transfer splash.
Partey has ‘resisted attempts’ to sign a new deal, while Atletico’s efforts to insert a larger release clause have failed.
Arsenal are described as being the ‘best placed team’ to pull off the swoop. While Atletico are noted to be fully aware of Arsenal’s desire to land the star.