Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is reportedly on the radar of several big clubs on the European football scene on the back of his impressive performances for his current club this season. Premier League giants Arsenal are at the forefront of the clubs keen to sign the Ghanaian international as per the reports on several respected media outlets.
Some of these media reports also said that Atletico Madrid could be open to a swap deal that will see Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette move to the club in exchange for Thomas Partey. Atletico Madrid came close to signing Lacazette from French Ligue 1 giants Lyon in 2017 before they were stopped by a transfer ban.
The ban paved the way for the striker to join Arsenal from Lyon. Atletico Madrid could reignite their interest in him with the club keen to add a new striker to their playing squad. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Edinson Cavani was a target for the Spaniards in January but his French club slapped a big transfer fee for someone who had six months left on his contract.
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Cavani could still sign for Atletico Madrid in the summer as he would be a free agent and the aforementioned Lacazette could still be a very good option for the two-time Champions League finalists.
Apart from the swap deal route, Arsenal could still sign top target Thomas Partey by paying his release clause set at around £46m though Atletico Madrid wants to drive that transfer fee up by handing him a new deal. With finances in short supply during this Coronavirus era, swap deal is most likely the best route to sign the midfielder.
Here’s how Arsenal will line up with Thomas Partey in their team for next season:
GK – Bernd Leno
RB – Hector Bellerin
CB – David Luiz
CB – Pablo Mari
LB – Kieran Tierney
DM – Thomas Partey
CM – Granit Xhaka
AM – Mesut Ozil
RW – Nicholas Pepe
LW – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
ST – Alexandre Lacazette