Arsenal’s hopes of signing Thomas Partey are fading after Atletico Madrid signalled their intent to tie him to an extended deal, according to a report.
Reports over the past few months have linked the Gunners with a move for the Ghanaian.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly keen to revamp his midfield ahead of his first full season in charge.
Indeed, Atletico boss Diego Simeone admitted last month that the “best clubs” in Europe are after Partey.
“When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him,” Simeone said.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio journalist Matteo Moretto, Arsenal have increased their interest.
The reporter claims (via Twitter) the Gunners have contacted Atletico, however, there is a key stumbling block. Arsenal are unwilling to offer the £50million price tag Atletico have set for their star player.
Arsenal will operate on a reduced budget in the upcoming transfer window due to the financial effects of the pandemic.
What’s more, Diario AS claimed in March that Atletico are confident of tying the 27-year-old down to a new deal.
Partey has three years left on his deal in the Spanish capital, having renewed terms in 2018.
Arteta has previously outlined his intentions to bolster his squad with new signings.
And club director Edu has vowed to work with the Spaniard to identify and bring in key targets.
Arteta has made two signings as Arsenal manager so far, bringing in Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari on loan deals.
Both have since signed permanent deals in north London.
ARSENAL CONFIDENT OF AUBAMEYANG EXTENSION
Elsewhere, Arteta insisted his confidence that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would sign a new deal with the Gunners.
The Gabon international is at a career crossroads, with only 12 months left on his deal.
Speculation over his future has been rife, but Arteta says he is determined to keep the striker at the club.