Arsenal risk missing out on Thomas Partey as Juventus enter race for Atletico Madrid ace

Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico de Madrid reacts during the Liga match between Getafe CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on July 16, 2020 in Getafe, Spain.
Partey is set to move on (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal risk missing out on Thomas Partey, with Juventus joining the race for the 27-year-old midfielder.

Partey looks set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and Arsenal were thought to be his favoured destination.

However, the Gunners are unwilling to activate the Ghana international’s release clause and Atletico will not sell for less.

They have attempted to offer the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette in a part-exchange deal but Atletico have so far refused.

And now they could miss out on the midfielder, who wants £200,000-a-week if he moves to the Emirates, with Juventus plotting a move for him.

Partey has attracted the attention of new Juve boss Andrea Pirlo, who has replaced former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri following their Champions League exit.

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Pirlo is an admirer of Partey (Picture: Getty)

Pirlo wants Partey to play in a midfielder three alongside Arthur and Rodrigo Bentancur and sees him as a direct replacement for Blaise Matuidi, who has left the club.

Partey is keen on a move to Juventus as he wants to win silverware at a top European club.

Arsenal will potentially have to act quickly if they are to remain favourites to sign the midfielder.

Partey’s Atletico Madrid will hope to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League on Thursday night.

They face Red Bull Leipzig, with the winner set to meet Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG narrowly qualified for the final four with a late comeback against Atalanta on Wednesday night.

In the other quarter-finals, Barcelona take on Bayern Munich, while Manchester City will face Lyon.

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