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Arsenal were frustrated with Partey’s pursuit as Atletico stood their ground despite talks with Torreira



The Gunners hope to include the Ghana international in any deal that would see the Uruguayan move to Spain

Arsenal remain frustrated with signing Thomas Partey amid talks are underway with Atletico Madrid on a deal for Lucas Torreira.

The league team has their sights set on the Uruguayan international, who has been told he will be allowed to leave the Gunners after two years at the club.

Italian clubs Turin have also been long-time admirers of the 24-year-old, but Madrid head the line for the midfielder he sees as a replacement for Hector Herrara and remain in intense talks with the Gunners over a deal.

Torreira has already agreed to join Diego Simeone’s side, who signed his compatriot Luis Suarez from Barcelona on Wednesday night.

However, so far the talks with Arsenal have not been successfully concluded. Atletico insisted that a deal just had to be a loan for the season.

However, Arsenal are looking to sell Torreira on a permanent basis to raise money to land Partey, their priority summer destination, before the October 5th transfer window closes.

Partey is currently with Atletico, but sources have confirmed it goal that the Spanish side has so far refused to even discuss the possibility of including the Ghanaian international in a deal for Torreira.

Talks between the two clubs continue and Arsenal are hoping they can reach a compromise. For its part, Atletico continues to insist that Partey will only be able to leave this summer if its £ 46m (EUR 50m / $ 58m) release clause is triggered.

Lucas Torreira Arsenal 2019-20

Torreira continues to train with Mikel Arteta’s squad and sources from the north London club have praised the professionalism he has shown over the past fourteen days despite the uncertainty that is currently tarnishing his future.

Arsenal would be open to the possibility of loaning him to Atleti for the season, but only if the deal includes a purchase commitment for next summer.

These guaranteed funds would then at least help with a possible move for Partey before October 5th, as the 27-year-old is apparently very interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium.

But despite the attraction of joining Arsenal, sources close to the player have reported goal that he remains “calm” about the situation and will continue to train in the “most professional way” out of respect for Atletico.

The midfielder is happy in Madrid and will not try to force his way out of the club to plan a move to England.

Partey and his representatives understand Atletico’s stance and he will continue to work as usual ahead of the new La Liga season as he waits for Arsenal to trigger their release clause.

Should that happen, then goal It has very likely been said that the player will quickly agree to a move to England.


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