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Thomas Partey to Arsenal: Atletico Madrid issue promise, cryptic transfer hint

Having secured their first big-name signing of the summer last week, signing former Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, Arsenal now have their sights set on bolstering other areas of the squad.

Whilst the club are hoping to soon seal the signing of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, Atletico Madrid midfield enforcer Thomas Partey continues to be linked with a summer switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The tough-tackling midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in recent months as head coach Mikel Arteta looks to add a sense of steel to his midfield.

Partey has a release clause of around £45million in his Atletico contract and Arsenal need to cut their cloth before launching a move for the Ghanaian international.

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With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far concerning the midfielder’s future and what the latest developments are concerning his potential switch to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

What the player has said

The player has previously talked about his desire to play in the Premier League to put Arsenal on red alert.

“At the moment, I am happy at my club,” Partey told ESPN, speaking last summer.

“But in football, you never know when and where you’ll be in the next day or year

Thomas Partey looks on (Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
(Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world,” he added. “Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there.

“My agents are on it so I will leave everything for them,” he added.

“For me, I am happy playing football and I will continue to play where I am now until something comes up for consideration.”

Father’s Premier League hint

Partey’s father also reiterated his son’s desire to move to England one day.

“I…

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