Arsenal dealt major blow as summer window looms

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Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

The Ghana international seemed set to move to the north London club in the summer transfer window.

The Athletic’s Gunners correspondent David Ornstein reported earlier this month that the Gunners had intensified their interest in signing the defensive midfielder this summer.

The Ghana international has a €50 million (£45.2m) release clause in his contract but the club were said to be hopeful of negotiating a lower figure.

Partey had also been reported to be keen on a possible move to the north London club but it now appears that Mikel Arteta’s men are set to be disappointed.

Ghana Soccer Net, via Sport Witness, reports that Atletico have been keen on extending the midfielder’s stay at the club.

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And those efforts are now set to be rewarded.

The report states that he is on the verge of extending his deal in Spain, doubling his current wages of £65,000-per-week in the process.

His release clause will also be increased to £87.2m.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, though, is said to remain keen on signing a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, despite Partey’s likely snub.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is a major blow for the Gunners.

They have been linked with a move for the midfielder throughout recent months and it appeared that bringing in a defensive midfielder would be a major achievement in the summer transfer window.

Reports state that Matteo Guendouzi is likely to leave this summer and replacing his dynamism – he can win the ball and move it around the pitch with equal elan – will have to be a major priority.

Partey could have done that and slotted straight into Arteta’s starting XI.

He is a decorated, experienced defensive midfielder, who has made a total of 286 professional appearances in his career.

It would have been a superb signing.

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