Kieran Trippier admits Thomas Partey would ‘fit in perfectly’ in the Premier League amid Arsenal transfer links

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey after Atletico Madrid's Champions League clash with Liverpool
Thomas Partey has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)

Kieran Trippier says he hopes Thomas Partey remains at Atletico Madrid amid speculation linking his team-mate with a move to Arsenal – but admits the ‘unbelievable’ midfielder would ‘fit in perfectly’ in the Premier League.

The Gunners are on the hunt for midfield reinforcements this summer and Mikel Arteta has identified Partey as one of his priority targets, with the 27-year-old reportedly interested in a switch to the Emirates.

Partey’s father fuelled rumours of a move to north London as he appeared to confirm that Arsenal had held talks over a possible deal, with the Ghanaian’s release clause making him available for €50million (£42m).

Kieran Trippier, Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey ahead of Atletico Madrid's Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen
Trippier (left) hopes Partey (right) stays with Atletico Madrid beyond the summer (Picture: Getty)

Ex-Tottenham right-back Trippier, who now shares a dressing room with Partey at Atleti, discussed the speculation surrounding the defensive midfielder’s future during a lengthy chat with The Beautiful Game Podcast.

Asked to compare Partey with his former Spurs team-mate Mousa Dembele, Trippier replied: ‘I’d seen him play for Atletico but I didn’t realise how good he is.

‘It’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically, he’s got everything.

‘He ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with but Mousa is Mousa, he’s on a different planet. Even in training he’s just in cruise control.

‘Ask anybody who has played with him and they’ll say Mousa Dembele. That’s how good he was. It was frightening.

‘But Thomas is still very young and everybody loves him out here. ‘

Trippier added: ‘Going to the Premier League… who knows? Obviously I want him to stay here because he’s a valuable member to our team.

‘But I feel like he speaks perfect English.

‘I don’t think he’d have a problem with the Premier League.’

Kieran Tripper speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast
Tripper is confident Partey would ‘fit in perfectly’ in English football (Picture: The Beautiful Game Podcast)

Pressed on whether Partey had asked him about the Premier League, Tripper replied: ‘Not really.

‘Obviously everybody watches the Premier League, even out here you watch games. It gives me a good opportunity to watch nearly all the games out here now.

‘But no, they just ask me what it’s like, the style of play, a few players have. It doesn’t mean that they’re leaving by the way!

‘They ask about certain players who play in the league, what it’s like and I just say… the Premier League is the Premier League. It is one of the best leagues in the world.

‘But Thomas… he’ll fit in perfectly in the Premier League.’

Thomas Partey runs with the ball during Atletico Madrid's La Liga clash with Alaves
Partey has a £42m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Earlier this month, Arteta suggested that Arsenal’s transfer plans may need tweaking due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the club’s finances.

Asked whether spending €50m on a midfielder was realistic given the current climate, the Spaniard responded: ‘Well the plans I had were not obviously considering the coronavirus and all the side effects that it has had.

‘We know what we have to do to improve the team, that’s for sure.

‘Whether we’re able to do it the way we want, that will be a different story.

‘But my focus right now is just to improve the team, get the results that we need to give us the best chance possible to get into Europe, convince the players that this is the right place for them and the right environment, and then work from there.’

Diego Simeone has not been surprised by the interest in Partey as he feels the Ghana international is one of the best players around in his position when he’s performing consistently.

‘Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines,’ the Atleti manager said.

‘When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.’

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