Arsenal ‘have £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi swap transfer offer rejected for Thomas Partey by Atletico Madrid’


ARSENAL have reportedly had an offfer of £22.7million plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners are working on a restricted budget this summer after failing to secure a place in the Champions League next season.

Defeat in the FA Cup final next week would also mean there is no European football at all at the Emirates.

Partey is understood to be the Gunners’ No1 target this summer as they look to strengthen in midfield.

The Ghanaian international is delaying signing a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and is said to be open to a switch to Arsenal.

According to the Guardian, Arsenal’s first offer of £22.7m plus a player was turned down by Atletico earlier this month.

The report adds that the Gunners have since returned with a new bid of £22.7m plus Guendouzi but that has also been rejected.

Arsenal’s finances mean that they will struggle to pay Partey’s full release clause of £44m.

It has been stated that Arsenal will have to either sell players to raise money, while a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned.


Yet boss Mikel Arteta now plans to retain the striker, with French compatriot Guendouzi the man on his way out instead.

There has been talk that the midfielder could depart Arsenal for the Nou Camp, with Philippe Coutinho coming to London as part of a swap.

The 21-year-old has not played for Arsenal since the defeat against Brighton in June.


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