JJ Sports declare it is “totally untrue” that Partey is discussing a switch to Emirates Stadium after quotes emerged from his father, MySportDab reports.
Thomas Partey is not in discussions with Arsenal over a feasible move to Emirates Stadium, in accordance to the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s representatives.
The player’s father, Jacob Partey, had told Ghana-based radio station Tru FM that talks with the Gunners had been taking place and that he would be happy if he made the switch to join Mikel Arteta’s side.
He said: “I called my son after listening to the rumours and he informed me that the rumours are true.
He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all relies upon on the offer Atletico are demanding.
“If he goes to Arsenal, fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana.
I will be pleased if he decides to go to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.”
But JJ Sports, who represent the 26-year-old, have issued a denial and are quoted as telling Marca: “It’s definitely untrue.”
As reported by Goal, Atleti are looking at extending Partey’s current deal with the club – that runs till 2023 – as they seek to increase his £44 million (€50m/$54m) release clause to around £87m (€100m/$108m).
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will decide to set off the €50m clause whilst it’s nonetheless applicable, with the Ghana international having been on the club’s radar for some time and initial discussions over a move having taken place last summer.
Despite the speculation surrounding a transfer to north London, sources have told Goal that Atletico remain in talks over extending Partey’s deal at Wanda Metropolitano and are satisfied that the player desires to stay.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are looking to sign a midfielder when the transfer window opens, with the futures of each Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira unclear.
Uruguay international Torreira is on the wishlist of various Serie A clubs whilst Xhaka, who nearly left Emirates Stadium in January, continues to attract interest from Germany.
It is, however, uncertain when the summer transfer window will open amid the coronavirus pandemic, with soccer having been halted throughout the globe in an attempt to limit the unfold of Covid-19.
The Gunners are not likely to have significant funds for new signings, with the club’s finances having taken a sizable hit all through these uncertain times.
Qualification for the Champions League also remains a key issue in budget allocation.