Thomas Partey seeking £200,000-a-week wages to complete Arsenal transfer

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Thomas Partey is keen on joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is seeking an annual salary of £10.4million-a-year in order to join Arsenal this summer.

The Ghanian midfielder is keen on a move to the Emirates but the Gunners are unwilling to activate a 50m (£45m) release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract.

Instead, Arsenal have offered the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi in part-exchange for the Ghana international but Atletico have rejected the offers and insist they will keep the midfielder unless his release clause is met.

Arsenal therefore have to decide if they can fund the £45m fee for Partey but another consideration is the Ghanaian’s wage demands.

According to the Athletic, Partey wants a weekly salary of £200,000-a-week which would make him one of the highest earners at the club.

epa08421274 A handout photo made available by Spanish La Liga soccer club Atletico Madrid of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during his team's training session at the club's sport complex in Majadahonda, near Madrid, Spain, 14 May 2020. Spanish La Liga soccer clubs resumed individual training sessions complying with strict health measures in the framework of the de-escalation process amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. EPA/ATLETICO MADRID HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Partey wants to become one of Arsenal’s highest earner (Credits: EPA)

Mesut Ozil, 31, is the club’s current highest earner on around £350,000-a-week but the club are desperate to get him off the wage bill as he’s deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.

Another element to factor into Arteta’s wish to sign Partey is the £250,000-a-week deal that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is seeking to stay at the club.

The Gunners announced 55 redundancies last week and posted an operating loss in February before the coronavirus pandemic hit to force football into suspension.

Arteta is under pressure to balance the books and the club have put a raft of players up for sale this summer in order to compensate for a fourth season outside the Champions League.

Ozil, Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all up for sale.

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