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Arsenal’s race for Partey gets tougher with latest developments

Timothy Aiyeku

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The interest in Thomas Partey by the English Premier League outfit Arsenal gets tougher with the latest report that they are no longer alone in the chase of the player.

Spanish outlet, Marca reports that the North London outfit are not any close to sealing a deal with the Atletico Madrid for the Ghanaian international because he is set to extend his stay with the club.

It is understood that the efforts to have him extend his stay at the Wanda Metropolitano is to discourage the Gunners from insisting on his signature as well as a bid to increase his value and fee.

The latest move by the Spanish La Liga outfit might be instigated by the report that Italian Serie A outfit Juventus are also showing interest in Thomas Partey and are ready to hijack the deal from Arsenal by luring the player with a huge offer.

It is understood that manager Diego Simeone is not willing to let go of Thomas Partey but will not insist on his stay as it is already reported that he is in search for a new midfielder.

It would be recalled that the first bid made by Arsenal to include out-of-favour Matteo Guendouzi in the deal plus cash failed as it was rejected.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.