Arsenal ready to trigger Thomas Partey’s £42 million release clause

Arsenal have made a move to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid
Arsenal have made a move to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Getty)

Arsenal are preparing to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in a €50 million (£42m) deal, according to reports in Spain.

The 26-year-old has been a stalwart in Diego Simeone’s side, starting 20 games in La Liga this season.

According to Spanish outlet Libertad Digital, the north London club are ready to trigger the €50 million (£42m) release clause in the Ghana international’s contract.

The report claims that Arsenal have already held talks with Partey’s representatives to put forward their proposal and gauge the midfielder’s interest in a move.

However, the report also claims that Partey’s priority is to remain with Atletico and talks have already begun over a contract extension.

Thomas Partey has a €50m (£42m) release clause in his deal with Atletico Madrid
Thomas Partey has a €50m (£42m) release clause in his deal with Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)

Speaking earlier this month, Partey said: ‘I think I am proud for having attracted the attention of other teams and this motivates me because it makes me feel that I am doing things well and improving things,” he added.

‘There are things that you always think since childhood, but when you grow up things can change and you don’t know what can happen, but my desire is to stay here until the team don’t want me anymore.

‘These are things that sometimes are not decisions of the player, they are decisions of the club and I always say that if the club wants me here then I will be here until they don’t want me anymore.’

The Gunners are facing a battle to hold onto star players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the end of this campaign.

Frenchman Lacazette reportedly has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Aubameyang is also the target of Europe’s top clubs, with Barcelona remaining interested after coming close to swooping the in-form striker in January.

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