Arsenal in pole position to sign £45m star after offering player bumper contract

By on July 3, 2020

According to AS, Arsenal are in pole position to sign Thomas Partey after offering the midfielder a bumper contract worth three times what he currently earns at Atletico Madrid.

Mikel Arteta knows he needs to overhaul the squad he inherited from Unai Emery and midfield has been a real problem area for Arsenal over the past few years as we’ve been far too open and easy to play through.

Matteo Guendouzi’s future at the club is in serious doubt as reports suggest Arteta is ready to cash-in on the Frenchman after axing him from the squad following a number of issues relating to his attitude – most recently a clash with Neal Maupay that saw Guendouzi mock the Brighton player over how much he earns.

With Dani Ceballos expected to return to Real Madrid when his loan ends and whispers that Lucas Torreira could also leave this summer, Arteta is going to need to sign at least one top class midfielder and Partey has been widely touted as his first choice target.

Arteta seemingly wants the Ghana international to be the focal point of his new-look midfield next season and Spanish outlet La Razon claimed last week that Arsenal were ready to meet Partey’s £45m [€50m] release clause.

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We aren’t the only club showing an interest as AS are claiming today that Napoli are keen to sign Partey as a replacement for Allan and are prepared to offer Atletico Madrid Arkadiusz Milik as part exchange for the midfielder.

However, the Spanish outlet says Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Partey as Napoli won’t be able to match the contract we’ve offered which would see the player triple his current salary if he moves to the Emirates.

The 27-year-old would be an excellent addition to our squad if Arsenal are able to get a deal over the line but, as I’ve said for weeks, I would still be surprised if Partey joined us without some form of European football to look forward to next season.

Arsenal are currently 8th in the table and six points off fifth place – which could secure Champions League football if City’s ban is upheld – so there is still an outside chance of us playing in Europe’s top tier next season.

However, just five points separates 7th and 13th, and Arsenal have a tough run-in, so we could just as easily find ourselves finishing mid-table and missing out on Europe altogether – which could derail any attempts to sign Partey.