Arsenal are in contact with the representatives of Thomas Partey, with Mikel Arteta keen to add the midfielder to his squad this summer.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey (L) celebrates with Angel Correa on February 14, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano claims in The Guardian that Arsenal made contact with Thomas Partey recently ahead of a summer move. The midfielder has a €50m (£43.6m) release clause and Mikel Arteta is keen to bring him in.

In an attempt to ward off that interest, Atletico are offering Partey a new deal. The improved contract would last until 2025 and more than double his release clause to over €100m. They’re also doubling his current salary of £65,000-a-week.

So far, that isn’t proving enough to get Partey to sign it. The rumours of Atletico’s improved offer started months ago, and the current line about doubling the release clause and offering a two-year extension was in reports in mid-March.

Essentially, this is all nothing new. It’s just confirmation from a reliable source that Arsenal genuinely hold an interest in Partey.

In a normal summer, you’d expect that to lead to the activation of Partey’s €50m release clause. The current financial situation makes things awkward, though. Arsenal really need to finish the season in the Champions League places to have that kind of money spare.