According to a report in the Guardian this morning Atletico Madrid have rejected an Arsenal approach for Thomas Partey which involved using Matteo Guendouzi as a makeweight.
Rumours have circled for months that the Ghanaian midfielder is a wanted man at the Emirates, however, with Atletico holding out for €50 million – the figure of the 27-year-old’s release clause – we’re obviously having to get creative about how we get anywhere near affording that figure.
It’s said that we initially offered €25 million and ‘a player’ and when that was rejected we returned with a similar cash offer plus Guendouzi. That doesn’t sound like a head-turning improvement, but there we go.
The Frenchman hasn’t played for the Gunners in over five weeks and looks to be on his way out of the club this summer so using him as bait certainly makes sense.
The problem – and it’s a big one for us – is that the Spaniards are holding out for a cash-only offer. Given our financial situation that looks likely to be a big stumbling block unless we can offload players quickly.
The transfer window officially opened for English clubs today so we can expect silly-season to step up a gear now. Raul and Edu have a lot of work to do.