The London giants will have to splash some severe cash to secure the signing of main target Thomas Partey this summer. Ornstein reiterates that per Spanish football rules, Arsenal will have to pay the ace’s €50m release clause in full and at once, they’d also have to pay a couple of millions of euros in tax.
Stumping up a fee in that region would, of course, be tough for a club that have managed to get most of the squad to take a wage cut in order to combat the financial losses incurred due to the covid-19. Ornstein also adds that Arsenal would have to offer Ghana international a mammoth pay-packet in excess of £200,000-a-week in order to win over him.
The Spanish manager needs an out-and-out anchor-man like Thomas to sit in front of the Gunners shaky defence. Partey has established himself as a crucial figure for Diego Simeone’s side over the last couple of years, he embodies the Los Rojiblancos’ DNA and playing philosophies perfectly.
The 27-year-old midfielder has played 46 games across all tournaments this campaign, with the player’s best displays undoubtedly coming when La Liga giants upset Liverpool in the UCL.
That could be too much for the Gunners, but Bianconeri are a richer club and they have a large squad with many footballers who could be sold to raise those funds, so immediately they appear to be in pole position.
The report does point out that the Gunners would be willing to offer the Ghanaian midfielder €220k a week so clearly they can make him an attractive offer, but that means nothing if they can’t find a way to meet the Spanish club’s demands first.