Arsenal may have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly received a phone call from Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone over a potential move to the Wanda Metropolitano, which may boost the Gunners’ chances of signing Thomas Partey.
Torreira looks set to be allowed to leave the Emirates before the end of the transfer window. Earlier this week it was reported Serie A club Torino had agreed a loan deal for the Uruguay international with an obligation to buy for £22million.
However, Uruguayan journalist Sebas Giovanelli claims Atletico boss Simeone is now keen on Torreira.
Simeone is said to have contacted the 24-year-old and told him he wants to sign him.
That could be a welcome boost for Arsenal who are pursuing Atletico’s Partey.
Partey has been a target for Mikel Arteta throughout the transfer window and Torreira could be seen as a direct replacement for the Ghana international.
Arsenal have so far not been willing to activate Partey’s £45m release clause.
However, they will be hoping they can thrash out a deal with Atletico that sees Torreira head in the opposite direction.
Torreira became an immediate favourite with Arsenal supporters after his arrival from Sampdoria in 2018.
However, he fell out of favour under Unai Emery at the start of last season and has not been a regular starter since Mikel Arteta took charge last December.
Reports in the last few days claim Arsenal are still keen on Partey but that Arteta sees Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as his top target.
The Gunners are attempting to raise funds for both deals and have already sold goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for up to £20m.
Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are linked with moves away from the club.
Aouar is a more creative player than Partey and Premier League commentator Ian Darke claims the Atletico star should be more of a priority for Arteta.
“I think they need a little bit of steel in the middle of the pitch, so I think Partey would be a very good signing for Arsenal,” Darke told ESPN FC.
“I know they’re very keen, but they can’t seem to get that deal done.
“They’ve got [Dani] Ceballos back of course from Real Madrid, and he did well in the back end of last season, but in a more creative way.
“Both are good players, but I think of the two, I’d say Partey.”