Thomas Partey wants to join Arsenal this summer but will not force through a move away from Atletico Madrid if the Gunners are unable to meet his buyout clause, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta has already secured Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea as well as the £27 million signing of Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
Partey is also one of Arteta’s priority targets for the summer window but Arsenal have struggled in their negotiations with Atletico Madrid so far.
Atletico are adamant that Partey will only be sold if his €50m (£43m) release clause is met, a figure which Arsenal are currently unable to match without trimming their squad first.
Arsenal had offered Matteo Guendouzi plus £22.7m in exchange for Partey earlier this summer but Atletico rejected that bid.
According to Goal, Partey is attracted by the prospect of joining Arsenal but the midfielder is happy at Atletico Madrid and will not push for a move away from Diego Simeone’s side.
The report also claims that Arsenal’s former head of international recruitment, Francis Cagigao, who was surprisingly let go by the club last month, had been urging the Gunners’ hierarchy to move for Partey.
Arsenal are already attempting to offload several players before the start of the new season with Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Callum Chambers and Emiliano Martinez all in talks over potential exits.
Kolasinac and Martinez, who impressed in goal following Bernd Leno’s injury last season, are both wanted by Schalke.
Rob Holding is reportedly closing in on a season-long loan to Newcastle United, while Leeds United have made an approach for Chambers.
Sokratis is reportedly on the verge of a £3.5m move to Napoli, while fellow Serie A club Fiorentina are keen on Torreira but want to lower Arsenal’s £27m asking price.