Thomas Partey is reportedly set to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid in a huge blow for Arsenal.
Partey is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s top summer transfer target as he looks to bolster his midfield, and it was thought he might be available in a cut price deal.
But according to GhanaSoccerNet, Partey will instead sign a new £135,000-per-week contract at the Wanda Metropolitano – which will see him double his wages.
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The 27-year-old has a release clause in his current Atletico contract that runs out in 2023, believed to be between £42million and £45m.
But if he puts pen to paper on this lucrative new deal, Partey’s release clause would reportedly increase to a mammouth £87.2m.
The news will come as another bitter pill for Arteta and Arsenal to swallow following a hugely turbulent season – that is looking likely to end without European football.
Arsenal were desperate to raise cash to fund a move for Partey, and viewed him as the man to lead the side’s midfield next season.
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