Thomas Partey could leave Arsenal after just one season at Emirates Stadium, according to reports in Spain.
Partey joined Arsenal on the deadline in October after they activated their € 50 million release clause. The midfielder moved from Atlético de Madrid, while Lucas Torreira went on loan from the other side. But none of the moves have particularly worked.
Torreira has struggled to gain playing time in the Spanish capital and now has his heart set on returning to South America. Arsenal will have to find a solution for him in the summer.
But they must also decide what to do with Partey. The Ghana international has had various injury problems and was criticized by Mikel Arteta earlier in the season for his role in a goal conceded by Arsenal.
So far, the 27-year-old has made 20 Premier League appearances, 15 of which were a starter. He has provided two assists in those games.
But Arsenal are still looking for the right balance in their midfield. Indeed, goalkeeper Bernd Leno recently claimed that they needed to sign an “ankle bite” in that position.
Partey has good qualities both on and off possession, but he’s not that type of player. Therefore, if Arsenal takes Leno’s advice, they may have to bring someone else.
According to Todofichajes, the Gunners are now thinking of selling Partey just one year after their contract, which still runs through 2025.
With Torreira not staying at Atlético, it is speculated that Partey could also be returned to the sender. Arsenal will try to recoup the 50 million euro fee it spent if Atleti can do so.
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Diego Simeone is said to be interested in his team taking the Partey back to Spain. The report notes how they re-signed Filipe Luis and Diego Costa after mixed spells with Chelsea.
Despite winning 50 million euros from the transfer of Partey last year, Atlético do not have the funds to sign him for that amount. Therefore, they may have to spread the payments over several years or contract you into an upfront loan agreement.
But Arteta does not see him as “untouchable”, so Arsenal could be open to negotiations.
Part and supported to come well
Despite his uncaring debut season in England, Partey remains a high-quality player and his former Atlético midfield teammate Saúl Niguez recently backed him through his troubles.
Saul told Live Score last month: “I think he’s been very unlucky due to the injuries, especially now that the UK is more confined than we were in Spain a few months ago.
“It’s difficult because the preseason started with us and then he left without finishing it. He tried to play every game, got injured, then tried to come back before the correct time.
“Everything has been a bit unfortunate, but I think next season will be a great season for him.”
It remains to be seen whether he will spend that season playing for Arsenal or back with Saúl at Madrid.
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