Thomas Partey price remains firm as Arsenal continue interest in Atletico star

Arsenal reportedly remain interested in Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey though will still need to pay his release clause.

The Gunners have been regularly linked with a move for the midfielder as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad in the final week of the transfer window.

Reports have suggested the Emirates outfit need to sell to raise funds before they make any more signings.

And it seems Partey will not be coming cheaply with Sky Sports reporting that Atletico Madrid are not budging on the £45m release clause.

His contract in the Spanish capital runs until 2023 and Atletico are in no rush to sell the Ghanaian.

Arsenal have also been linked with Houssem Aouar this summer though Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn believes Partey would be a more worthwhile signing.

“Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are the right sort of names to be linked with Arsenal," Winterburn told FreeSuperTips.

“At times, for long periods, Arsenal have good possession of the ball. But when teams set up defensively, they struggle to break the opponent down.

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“Last weekend [against West Ham] was actually a poor performance by Arsenal, but I’m happy about the result because last season that would have been a game that Arsenal would have lost.

“I've said for the last two seasons, that the Arsenal squad needs to be changed and refreshed.

"Mikel Arteta has come in, he’s addressed the defensive issues, and by considering Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey it looks like he’s starting to address the problems in midfield as well.

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“Arsenal’s big issue is that they've got so many midfield players, they probably need to offload some before they can bring more in.

"However, players like Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are players that I'm pleased to see Arsenal linked with. They are different types of players that can bolster a midfield."

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