Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor

Partey should avoid moving to Arsenal, according to his international boss
Partey should avoid moving to Arsenal, according to his international boss (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Partey has been advised by Ghana coach CK Akonnor to turn down a move to Arsenal and instead remain at Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates and is believed to be the Gunners’ top transfer target after wrapping up a deal for free agent Willian.

The Ghanaian midfielder is keen on a move to Arsenal and reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week to make the switch to north London.

However, Atletico will accept nothing less than his £45 million release clause to let him go.

With the Gunners finishing outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years and no Champions League football since the 2016-17 campaign, Partey’s international coach Akonnor told him to stay put.

‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM.

Partey is reportedly Arteta's top target
Partey is reportedly Arteta’s top target (Picture: Getty Images)

‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].

‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’

With Matteo Guendouzi rumoured to be on his way out of the club, Arsenal legend Alan Smith suggested the Frenchman could be used as part of a deal to bring Partey to the Emirates.

‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid,’ he told Sky Sports.

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