According to a recent report by Goal.com, Arsenal are prepared to triple Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey’s wages so that they can convince him to seal a move to North London this summer. However, the same source has also revealed that the Spanish giants have no intention of letting the Ghanaian leave despite the Gunners’ interest in recruiting him during the upcoming transfer window.
Partey’s Incredible Form At The Spanish Capital This Season
The Odumase Krobo-born talent has established himself as one of the top performers in Diego Simeone’s first-team after producing a string of dominant performances at the Wanda Metropolitano this season. He has participated in 36 matches for the Madrid outfit this term, registering three goals and one assist in multiple competitions which sheds light on his desire to get involved in the final third. Even though Partey has mainly operated as a defensive midfielder throughout this campaign, he deserves to be praised for coming up with a meaningful contribution going forward every once in a while.
Defensively, the Ghanaian powerhouse has averaged 2.4 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has also distributed the ball well as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 82.7% in league football so far (stats via whoscored).
At the moment, Partey is the skipper of the Ghanaian national team and boasts a decent goal-scoring record while on international duty. He has scored nine goals in 26 senior matches for his homeland thus far. Therefore, many will expect the 27-year-old to play a vital role in Charles Akonnor’s side when the African Cup of Nations takes place next year following the competition’s deferral because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Will The Ghanaian International Bring To The English Capital?
Partey is an all-round performer in midfield as he can do a bit of everything for his side at the centre of the park. He can make full use of his quickness and power to cover every inch of ground when making recovering runs at the back. The Ghanaian can also time his tackles to perfection that allows him to secure possession back for his team. He can often overpower the opposition by using his remarkable upper-body strength and can read the danger quickly to pull off a few crucial last-gasp clearances inside his half.
Should The Gunners Get Partey On Board This Summer?
Partey usually packs a lot of venom with his strikes from long range. He will not only add more bite and steel to Mikel Arteta’s midfield but also increase competition for places within his squad at the Emirates Stadium. The La Liga star has all the skillset required to be a success story at North London, so it makes sense for the Gunners get him on board before the start of the new campaign.
At 26, Partey is currently playing at his prime, which means that he could make an immediate impact at the English capital next season. Furthermore, he will also offer some much-needed competition for the likes of Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock and Lucas Torreira in the race to secure a regular midfield spot in Arteta’s first-team in the coming seasons.
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