One of the biggest transfer sagas that has emerged in this window has to be Thomas Partey’s move from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid to Arsenal, because while the Ghanaian is keen to join the Gunners, the two clubs are locked in battle over the transfer fee.
The 27-year-old midfielder has a £45m release clause, however Arsenal have been working with Atletico to try and buy him for less, although the Spaniards are yet to budge on their stance that the Gunners must pay that fee in order to complete his signing.
While this transfer round-up is focused on Partey, this will also act as a part two for Lucas Torreira, who has managed to get involved in this saga, with Atletico Madrid emerging as a willing buyer of the Uruguayan in recent days.
The situation is complex for everyone involved, so with that being said, here’s a summary of the latest news regarding these potential transfers.
Torreira was first linked with a move to Atletico Madrid on September 20 by Gol Digital, who reported there was not only an agreement between the Uruguayan and Atletico, but that manager Diego Simeone had called Mikel Arteta and asked him to close the deal. However, Arsenal in response have requested they include the 24-year-old in any deal for Thomas Partey.
On September 22, The Athletic reported that Arsenal are trying to sign both Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, however it isn’t known whether they will be able to afford both of them. On the other hand, David Ornstein, who reported this story, believes the Ghanaian may be the more likely due to him having a release clause, which makes the transfer more simple to complete.
Yesterday, the Telegraph continued with the Torreira and Partey rumours by saying that Arsenal are looking for a permanent sale of the Uruguayan instead of a loan, with Atletico wanting the latter and an option to buy. As a result of this, a loan with an obligation to buy may be seen as a compromise between the two clubs.
In regards to Partey, the Telegraph understand that Arsenal are hoping to use Atletico’s interest in Torreira to their advantage in the pursuit of the Ghanaian and that they hope they could strike a similar deal (loan with obligation to buy) for the 27-year-old midfielder. However, Atletico will only let him go if his release clause is met, but the situation has been made more flexible by their interest in Torreira.
However, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo disagreed with the Telegraph a few hours later by reporting that the transfer is complex because neither side is budging on their stances, and in my opinion, this is the current situation. Arsenal prefer Torreira goes to Torino as they are offering an obligation to buy with more money (~€24m in total), however Torreira wants to go to Atletico, meaning Arsenal need to try and get a better deal out of the Spanish side.
Arsenal’s proposal of including Partey in negotiations has been rejected by Atletico and the Gunners therefore won’t compromise in any deal for Torreira, as the North London side want guaranteed cash, which is reportedly set to go towards activating Partey’s release clause, however I am personally not to sure about that last piece of information.
As of today, this is a complicated transfer with two stubborn negotiation teams going head to head. In my opinion, this will go all the way to deadline day as Arsenal will look to get the best deal possible by hoping Atletico lower their asking price in panic as time runs out.
If the Gunners fail to sign Partey for less than Atletico are asking, then I believe, if they have the money, they will activate the Ghanaian’s release clause as late as possible. In my opinion, this will be an exciting, yet tense, last 10 days of the summer transfer window for Arsenal fans.