Thomas Partey remains the top summer target for Arsenal, but the club would need to sell before they could activate the midfielder’s release clause.
Their attempt to convince Atletico to agree to a swap deal involving cash and Matteo Guendouzi didn’t work. Diego Simeone’s side are insisting they’ll only sell for €50m. At this stage, Arsenal say they don’t have the money to offer that.
The good news is that Partey is willing to wait and keen on a switch. If Arsenal can make the sales they need to rustle up €50m, or agree an alternative deal with Atletico (unlikely), it doesn’t look like anything else will be a problem.
In terms of raising funds, selling a fellow midfielder like Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira or Mohamed Elneny is Arsenal’s best bet. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac are also on the market, though I’m not sure how much they’d bring in.
At least we know Arsenal are still on the market for a midfielder, despite re-loaning Dani Ceballos.