Arsenal are expected to trigger the release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey before the transfer deadline as Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira near exits from the Emirates.
Partey has been a long-term target for Mikel Arteta as he seeks to strengthen his midfield options at the north London side, the Ghana international having starred for the Atletico in recent seasons and possessing a release clause of around £45m in his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Arsenal have strengthened this summer with the signings of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes amongst their five arrivals in the current transfer window, though the Gunners remain keen to conduct further business before the transfer deadline this evening.
According to Sky Sports, those plans include a late move for Partey as funds are raised through the anticipated exits of several fringe players.
“It is our understanding that Arsenal are now pushing again for Partey and there is an expectation, although it’s not 100 per cent, that they will meet that £45m release clause,” Dharmesh Sheth said on Sky Sports.
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“All of the talk during the window was how Arsenal were going to generate that money. Today, they are looking at releasing some of those players to fund that move.”
Amongst the notable departures include both Guendouzi and Torreira, the duo having fallen out-of-favour under Arteta and seeking an exit in search of regular first-team football.
Guendouzi is expected to sign for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal, whilst Torreira could serve as Partey’s replacement at Atletico with the Uruguay international having a medical in the Spanish capital ahead of a temporary move.
Those departures will free up significant room in Arsenal’s wage bill and bring in the funds required to launch a move for Partey, whilst the Gunners are also hopeful of moving on both Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis, the former reportedly in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a loan with an obligation-to-buy.