ARSENAL are reportedly unwilling to spend the £46million to land Thomas Partey.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder, 27, has been a key target for the Gunners as they look to strengthen in midfield.
But journalist Saddick Adams reckons the price of his release clause is going to be outside of the Emirates club’s range.
And as a result, they may be forced to walk away from the negotiating table.
That is despite reports earlier suggesting Partey would be open to making the switch.
The Ghanaian international – thought to be Mikel Arteta’s No1 priority – is delaying signing a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But a distinct lack of funds could scupper those plans.
It had been stated that Arsenal will have to either sell players to raise money, while a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette was mentioned.
Defeat in the FA Cup final next week would also mean there is no European football at the Emirates next season, another stumbling block.
Arsenal say they will NOT pay 50 million for Thomas Partey.
Partey made 46 appearances across all competitions last season – including 35 in LaLiga – scoring four goals, registering one assist and picking up 16 yellow cards.
Diego Simeone’s side finished the season with an unbeaten run of 16 league games either, including all 11 following the restart, to finish third and secure Champions League football.
Atleti are still in this season’s tournament after dumping champions Liverpool out and face RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals.