Arsenal keeping tabs on 25-year-old Atletico star – report
Arsenal are interested in a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, according to a report
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is interested in a potential deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, according to a report in Africa.
Ghanasoccernet, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that the Gunners are keeping tabs on the promising 25-year-old midfielder following his strong performances in La Liga.
The same article states that Thomas is facing an uncertain future at Atletico given the influx of midfield talent at los Rojiblancos over the past couple of seasons.
According to the same story, Atletico manager Diego Simeone wants to sign Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, which could limit Thomas’ game time even further.
The Sun quotes the African website as reporting that the Arsenal manager is a big fan of the Ghana international after the pair worked together for three seasons at Sevilla.
However, the article concludes with the claim that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in a deal for Thomas, which could scupper the north London side’s transfer plans.
Thomas would be a welcome addition to the Arsenal team given the inconsistent performances of Granit Xhaka in the heart of the Arsenal team since his £33m move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
Emery has already started to give his midfield a facelift after Arsenal signed World Cup star Lucas Torreira in a £26m deal from Italian side Sampdoria in the summer transfer window.
The Uruguay international has already become a crowd favourite for his combative and tenacious performances in the middle of the park.
Torreira had to wait a month to make his first Premier League start but the South American has helped Arsenal to ease to three successive victories with the summer signing in the starting line up.
The holding midfielder helped Arsenal to beat Watford, Everton and Fulham ahead of the visit of Leicester City at The Emirates on Monday night.
16 Africans to play for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger
Christopher Wreh (Liberia): 1997-2000
Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria): 1998-2004
Kaba Diawara (Guinea): 1999
Lauren (Cameroon): 2000-07
Kolo Toure (Cote d’Ivoire): 2002-09
Quincy (Ghana): 2003-06
Emmanuel Eboue (Cote d’Ivoire): 2004-11
Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo): 2006-09
Armand Traore (Senegal): 2006-11
Alex Song (Cameroon): 2006-12
Marouane Chamakh (Morocco): 2010-13
Emmanuel Frimpong (Ghana): 2011-14
Gervinho (Cote d’Ivoire): 2011-13
Mohamed Elneny (Egypt): 2015-present
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria): 2015-present
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon): 2018-present