Arsenal’s € 2.5 million offer for Atletico Madrid ‘s Thomas Partey, an unwanted star, Matteo Guendouzi, was reportedly denied.
The part-exchange deal seems to have failed as a result of Atletico’s demand for the release clause of Partey, which is priced at just under £ 50 m, to be fulfilled for any talks to take place this summer.
According to Get French Football News, the effort by Arsenal to have Guendouzi as a hothead as part of the move failed to impress Atletico.
The 27-year-old Partey remained one of the club’s biggest goals this summer, but the Emirate team appeared unable to reach its high valuation.
Our attempts to unload an unwanted star in Guendouzi, who had been frozen out of the first team picture after Brighton ‘s loss last month, fell short of Atletico’s resolve to maintain our valuable assets.
Mikel Arteta is thought to be eager to reform and strengthen his squad now that the transfer window has re-opened, but will first have to sell players to raise funds.
newsfiledesk.com earlier claimed that Partey was supposed to be willing to join Arsenal next season, with Gunners’ head coach marking him as an important addition.
Francis Cagigao, the club’s head of international recruitment, worked on the deal and was the first figure to suggest a move to Partey. Technical director Edu also gave the green light.
But the North London club is keen to use those on the fringes to help drive through deals, and Guendouzi is said to be sought by a variety of teams.