Arsenal blow as Atletico Madrid offer Thomas Partey to Liverpool in deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgArsenal blow as Atletico Madrid offer Thomas Partey to Liverpool in deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 May 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Thomas Partey is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes of signing Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey have suffered a blow after the La Liga giants offered the midfielder in an exchange deal for Liverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports.Mikel Arteta is keen on signing a defensive midfielder and Partey is rumoured to have made Arsenal his first choice destination.Partey’s dad appeared to reveal as much in April but Partey’s agency quickly shut down the claims.Nevertheless, Partey’s £45m release clause means he’s a viable target for a host of Premier League clubs and Arsenal had been willing to offer Alexandre Lacazette in a swap exchange move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Sun claim Atletico are the aggressors in the deal and that it’s the La Liga giants that have initiated talks with Liverpool over Partey. Oxlade-Chamberlain is valued between £35-£45m (Picture: Getty)They believe they can use the midfielder as a makeweight in a deal to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the 26-year-old facing an uncertain future at Anfield.The former Arsenal star has battled back from a career-threatening knee injury to regain his place in Arsenal’s squad but he’s made no secret of his desire to sample football abroad.Atletico’s preference remains to keep Partey and they’d be willing to double his £65,000-a-week wages for him to sign an extension.But his release clause poses a looming problem and it’s clear Atletico are trying to control the situation before it’s taken out of their hands.MORE: Bernd Leno tips Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli to become ‘world class’ under Mikel Artetalast_img

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