Arsenal ‘tie Thomas Partey transfer’ into Atletico Madrid negotiations for Lucas Torreira | Football | Sport
Lucas Torreira is in talks over a move to Atletico Madrid andare hoping to tie in their pursuit of Thomas Partey, according to reports. Mikel Arteta identified the Ghanaian as a transfer target at the start of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic called sport to a halt.
The Gunners were always optimistic that they could pull off a deal for Partey but their funds have been restricted by the financial implications of the crisis.
Nonetheless, it did not stop them from laughing off two player-plus-cash bids for the 27-year-old earlier this summer.
Both offers included Matteo Guendouzi and were rebuffed by Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta.
Now the two clubs are in contact once again over a deal which would see Torreira join up with international colleague Luis Suarez, who is set to join Atletico from Barcelona.
Furthermore, it would also mean Atletico already have another central midfielder through the door if Partey was then to leave.
The box-to-box powerhouse is thought to be keen on a Premier League move and supported Arsenal as a boy.
He has been offered the chance to extend his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano but talks have stalled between the two parties.
Torreira had looked destined to return to Italy with Torino and Fiorentina in contention.