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Thomas Partey’s future with Arsenal is currently uncertain whilst Juventus and several Saudi Arabian sides have been linked with a possible transfer
Arsenal star Thomas Partey could leave the club in the summer transfer window with interest growing from Italy and Saudi Arabia. The Ghana international started the Gunners’ first pre-season friendly against Nurnberg despite being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Partey is now now into the final two years of his contract in north London. So with all of that being said, football.london has now rounded up all the latest transfer chatter involving the veteran midfielder below.
Pre-season decision made
Arteta chose to start Partey in Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly as they took on Nurnberg in Germany. The Ghana international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer.
Al-Ahli are still working to convince Thomas Partey to move to Saudi Arabia, despite indications from the player’s camp that Juventus would be his favoured destination if he were to leave Arsenal, according to CBS Sports reporter James Benge.
Al Khaleej are also interested, but Al Nassr are out of the race.
According to CBS Sports, Partey’s camp have informed interested Saudi Arabian clubs that the player is not currently considering a move to the Pro League.
It is claimed that the Ghana international instead favours a move to Serie A outfit Juventus, with the Gunners demanding a significant fee to sanction any such move.
football.london understands that Partey is one of the players that Arsenal would be open to selling this summer if a suitable offer were to come in.
Price tag set
Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for Partey but they are not actively looking to sell the former Atletico Madrid star, according to the Sun.
It is also claimed that the Gunners will only consider serious bids in excess of £30million for the 30-year-old.
Decision to be made
Arsenal will decide on Partey’s future with the club after they finalise a deal to sign West Ham United captain Declan Rice, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Writing for Caughtoffside, Romano said: “Thomas Partey has interest from Juventus and from Saudi clubs, but as of now, this is still nothing advanced. There has also been a verbal agreement for Granit Xhaka to join Bayer Leverkusen, which has been in place since May. It’s very advanced, but now it’s up to Arsenal, they will look to resolve final details of the Rice story and then decide on Xhaka and Partey.”
According to Sky Sport Italia, Partey’s entourage have reached an agreement with Serie A side Juventus regarding personal terms.
It is claimed that Massimiliano Allegri’s side believe a fee of between €18-20million (£15-17million) may well be enough to prise the Ghana international away from north London this summer.
As per Ryan Taylor of the Express, Arsenal will receive proposals from Saudi sides in the next few days.
“Told Arsenal could receive official proposals for Thomas Partey in coming days – expected to come from one of four Saudi clubs now owed by PIF”, Taylor wrote on Twitter.
“Al-Shabab also like Partey but they remain dependent on financial support from the Ministry of Sports to sign big-name players. #AFC.”
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Saudi sides are willing to pay Arsenal up to €40million (£34.4million) for Partey, a fairly decent return considering the player’s age, injury record and contract – his current deal has just two years remaining. Writing on Twitter, Romano said: “Understand Saudi clubs are prepared to pay €40m in instalments to Arsenal for Thomas Partey.
“He’s a concrete option for Saudi – his exit is possible as revealed on Sunday. No decision yet on player side.
“He also has approaches from Europe. No new deal talks at #AFC.”
Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli have took a step towards completing a move for Partey after making their first ‘moves’ to sign the Gunners midfielder.
According to sports reporter @KDZH37 on Twitter, talks are ‘very advanced’ with Partey and Arsenal over a deal. Al-Ahli are also making a move for Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Saudi clubs keen
Three Saudi Arabian clubs have shown an interest in signing Partey, according to recent reports.
CBS Sports have claimed that Saudi trio Al Nassr, Al Ahli and Al Khaleej are all keen on the Ghana international, who will be into the final two years of his contract with Mikel Arteta’s side at the end of June.
As per the Athletic, both Arsenal and Partey’s representatives are working on possible exit solutions for the 30-year-old.
It is claimed that the Gunners will consider proposals from interested clubs if a suitable opportunity arises for a sale. If the former Atletico Madrid man was to leave the north Londoners then a replacement would need to be signed, not related to Arsenal’s pursuit of Declan Rice.
Arsenal open to sale
Arsenal are open to sanctioning a sale for Partey during this summer’s transfer window, as per the Daily Mail.
It is claimed that the Gunners will have around £180million to play with in the market but additional money could be added to their budget through sales. And Partey, along with Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding could be sold as Mikel Arteta’s side look to revamp their squad ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
Serie A switch
According to the Mirror, Partey is a target for two clubs in the Serie A.
The 29-year-old midfielder has played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s success this season but, following a drop in form, he could be offloaded as Arteta looks to spruce up his side.
In an interview with bettingexpert.com, Mikael Silvestre urged Arsenal to replace Partey with Rice. The former Gunners defender said: “I think Partey has been excellent this season and he has played his best football for Arsenal.
“So, I expect him to respond and go back to his best after a few bad games. But obviously, every top club needs competition and Declan Rice, with all the respect for Thomas Partey, would be an upgrade, for sure.”
La Liga return
Last summer, Partey was heavily linked with a return to La Liga following rumours of a falling out with Arteta. According to Spanish outlet AS, there were ‘constant disagreements’ between player and manager last season so the door was left open for a potential exit.
The Ghanaian stayed put and went on to play a crucial role in Arsenal’s title charge. The report states that Partey would have cost £30million (€35m), which is £15m less than what Arsenal paid Atletico Madrid for him in 2020.
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