Arsenal may have finally made a breakthrough.
Heaven knows where Arsenal are getting this kind of money from, but reports from Goal are suggesting that the Gunners have offered to triple Thomas Partey’s current wages, in a blockbuster deal which may be difficult for the Ghanaian to refuse.
Arsenal has been linked with Partey for what seems like an aeon. This is usually the case since the players which the media links them with are fay beyond their league. However, this new report suggests that there is something substantial to Arsenal’s interest in Partey, and rightly so.
Thomas Partey plays a box-to-box role, which is the key component that Arsenal must sign to finish the midfield puzzle. Signing a player of Partey’s mould would complete Arteta’s project since Granit Xhaka is key to dictating play and Lucas Torreira key to defending opposing play.
Partey has a release clause of £45m which will prove difficult to pay, however, if the board can come up with a justification for this, then I would be all for it, much like most of the fanbase I’m sure.
Arsenal has shown an interest in other midfield stars this summer, so it’s clear to see this is a position of need to Arteta. The likes of Orkun Kokcu and Carlos Soler have also been on the Emirates Stadium radar, but it’s not rocket science to say Partey is the best of the bunch.
Truth be told, ever since Arteta was unveiled as the new manager, he made his priorities clear. The instant rejuvenation of their midfield, particularly through the consistency of starting Xhaka and Torreira together showed that Arteta wanted to improve this side of the Gunners play. He is in the best position to do so, after all, since he knows what it takes to be a midfield fan favourite here.
Do you think Thomas Partey will make the move to North London this summer?