ARSENAL’S pursuit of Thomas Partey is an ‘open secret’ with the club expected to land the midfielder in a £45million deal, according to reports.
Atletico Madrid are already plotting for life without the Ghanian and are in the process of identifying potential replacements.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been desperate to conclude a deal for Partey as he begins his squad overhaul.
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The Spaniard knows he has plenty of work to do in the transfer market after watching his side flop miserably this campaign.
Arteta is keen to cash in on a number of his first-team stars and wants to get rid of the bad eggs inside the dressing room.
A central midfielder has remained a key priority particularly one that can add steel in the middle of the park and battle it out with Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
Partey was sensational over two-legs as Atletico Madrid knocked European champions Liverpool out of the Champions League.
And Arteta believes the player’s £45m release clause remains a bargain with his current deal expiring in 2023.
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According to La Razon, a lack of Champions League is not likely to hamper Arsenal’s chances of signing the star.
He has been a vital part of Diego Simeone’s plans this season making 27 league appearances and eight in Europe.
Partey has also contributed to their incredible defensive record that has seen them concede just 22 goals throughout the league campaign.