Atlético Madrid‘s defensive midfielder Thomas Partey is one of the most sort after defensive midfielders in Europe especially in the English Premier League but his heart is at Arsenal football club.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan are among the top teams in Europe that want to have the defensive midfielder in their clubs this summer.
However, Partey has in numerous occasions revealed that he would love to play in Mikel Arteta’s set up even though he is having a great time playing at a Champions League playing Spanish La Liga side.
Arteta, the coach of Arsenal has reportedly made the 26-year-old Ghanaian footballer his major target in the forthcoming summer transfers window. But the possible stumbling block would be the £43million release clause tie to the existing contract of the Atlético Madrid star.
That can, however, be resolved if the Spanish side agrees on a swap deal with the Premier League side. Atlético Madrid has reportedly shown interest in Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette. The two clubs could swap the two players between themselves since they worth about the same transfer fee.
Meanwhile, pundits still don’t understand why Partey wants to leave Atlético Madrid for Arsenal that is not currently in the Champions League and have a great chance of not qualifying for the prestigious tournament next season.
Besides that, Partey’s place at the Spanish club is guaranteed, as he has played 24 out of 27 La Liga games as well as eight Champions League matches before the 2019-2020 season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
But at Arsenal, he would have to compete with the likes of Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka who play a similar role he is playing at Atlético.
The Career of Thomas Partey is not Save in England
His compatriot, Nii Lamptey has warned Partey not to leave the Spanish La Liga side to the English Premier League.
Lamptey used himself as an example as a footballer who destroyed his own career for moving to Aston Villa on loan from Belgian side Anderlecht in the 1994-95 season and made only six Premier League appearances.
“There are numerous offers coming for Thomas Partey but his career will take a nosedive if he doesn’t choose his next move well,” he told Ocean 1 TV.
“The country and league he will pick will determine his future. I would advise him to stay in Spain rather than going to England or Italy.
“Per style of play, he can move within Spain and join another top club rather than focusing on the financial gains to move out of the country because that can be suicidal.”
However, Partey’s father, Jacob Partey, is already looking forward to the move as he told a radio station in Ghana, Tru FM, that his son was already in talks with Gunners’ representatives.
“If he goes to Arsenal, fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana. I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him”, he said.