Atletico Madrid are working on a new deal for midfielder Thomas Partey which would see his buy-out clause rise to £92m, according to reports. Both Gunners and Man United have been linked with Ghana international, but maybe put off by a higher fee. Mikel Arteta wants to bolster the midfield during the summer transfer window.
Thomas’ current deal which expires in 2023 has a release clause of only £42m, but the Los Rojiblancos are looking to tie down his future for the long term. La Liga giants are aware that Partey’s current cut-price fee is popping up on the radar of other European teams, which will prompt them to take swift action.
The Spanish club acknowledges that the current terms of his deal are outdated relative to his importance to the team, making 24 La Liga appearances so far this campaign. The 26-year-old midfielder was pivotal in both legs of Atletico’s UCL victory over Liverpool, which secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The Argentine manager is also keen to hold onto the Ghanaian midfielder, who came through the Spanish giants academy. The club are also happy with his attitude throughout the contract talks and are confident they can offer a deal the midfielder will be willing to accept. Partey is a regular member of the national team squad.
The report states Thomas is in line to take home an annual pay packet of nearly £4.1m, a big increase on his current salary. Arsenal signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton during the winter transfer window.