€50m Arsenal target digs his heels in at Atletico Madrid, claims insider

Date published: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 10:05

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is refusing to sign a new contract at Atletico Madrid, claims a journalist.

Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague has given an update on the future of the midfielder on his YouTube channel and, according to the Spanish journalist Partey is not going to sign a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 26-year-old has been linked with Arsenal and his agent has reportedly put plenty of clubs on alert, with the player himself picking Arsenal as his chosen destination, claimed The Telegraph.

Partey, who is under contract in Madrid until 2023, has apparently told friends he wants to join Mikel Arteta’s side, but Atletico are keen for him to pen a new deal, and most probably increase his buyout clause.

Balague though insists Partey will not sign up, although he swerved whether there had been contact between any English clubs.

“What I am hearing, he has a buyout clause of €50m, and Atletico would like him to sign a new contract,” Balague said. “But he is not signing a new contract, that is as much as I can tell you.

“Has there been contact? There was a very clear possibility of him moving to England last summer. Spurs, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all enquired. That is as much as we can say.”

Partey’s Ghana team-mate Kasim Nuhu last month spoke openly about Arsenal and Partey.

Speaking to Ghanaian broadcaster TV3 (via GhanaWeb), Nuhu – who plays for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim –  backed Partey to be a success if he made the move to London.

“Atletico Madrid is a very good club so he is playing one of the biggest clubs in the world and Arsenal is also one of the biggest,” Nuhu said.

“For me, it is his decision because playing in Atletico Madrid is the same as playing in Arsenal.

“The two teams always make the same category in the league fighting for the 3rd and 4th place to play in the Champions League but as we all know the Premiership is the best league in the world so if he joins Arsenal, I will be happy for him.”

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