Every time a transfer window approaches, there seems to be one player who stands out as the most in-demand, and right now that man is Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Stories are circulating about his future, with Europe’s top clubs linked, but now he appears to have nailed his colors to the mast where his future is concerned.
These rumors have been gaining a lot of attention in the press and are playable bets on several sites found on bettingonline.co.uk.
In addition, there have been comments made to Tru FM’s Sports World Show by Jacob Partey, Thomas’ father, Arsenal is the likely destination for the Ghanaian. Jacob Partey said,
“I called my son after hearing the rumors, and he told me that the rumors are true.” He went on to add, “He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal.”
Reports also suggest the 26-year-old is keen on proving himself in the Premier League, and that will be possible should a move to the Emirates Stadium become a reality.
New Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is wanting to make sweeping changes to his squad, and it’s thought Partey was and still is a priority signing for the Spaniard and the Arsenal hierarchy.
Arsenal could structure a deal to buy Partey that works for Atletico, as the Spanish outfit are keen on signing Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette.
So, it’s a transfer that could prove to be mutually beneficial, should it happen. Lacazette is said to be a player Arteta will look to move on during the window, with the Frenchman not doing enough to impress his new boss.
Partey, who stepped up into the Atletico senior team in 2015, has once again proven his worth to Diego Simeone’s side this season.
He starred as Atletico knocked Champions League holders Liverpool out of the competition, with his performances making other clubs around Europe sit up and take notice of the Odumase Krobo born star.
While he has a contract with Atletico until 2023, it’s thought his release clause is in line with his market value, so, it’s likely he will move on sooner rather than later.
Another Atletico player who could swap La Liga for the Premier League is midfielder Hector Herrera. West Ham and David Moyes are keen on the 30-year-old Mexican, as the Scot looks to add new faces in the middle of the pitch.
West Ham brought Tomas Soucek to the club on loan with an option to buy in January. Still, with it likely Carlos Sanchez will leave, Jack Wilshire’s injury problems, and Mark Noble somewhat of a fading force, Herrera could be the man they turn to in the short term.
Herrera only joined Atletico last summer from FC Porto, but reports suggest they will sell the Tijuana born Mexican international for the right price.
Regardless, West Ham have shown they’re willing to spend significant sums of money on new players if they believe they will take the club to the next level. Moyes may have to offload several other players, however, before he can splash the cash.