Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta knows all to well about taking advantage of La Liga players’ contracts and could act on it when it comes to Thomas Partey.
The Spaniard is keen to sign a midfielder before the October 6 deadline and Atletico Madrid star Partey has caught his eye.
Every player in La Liga has a mandatory buyout clause – something Arteta has exploited in the past.
When working as an assistant under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the club snapped up midfielder Rodri from Atletico.
City met the terms of the Spaniard’s £62.6million release clause which meant Rodri could buy out the remainder of his contract and start a new life in Manchester.
Arteta is said to have played a key part in trying to persuade the club to sign Rodri and he could now try the same tactic with Arsenal’s board in his quest to sign Partey.
The 27-year-old is said to have a £42m release clause in his current Atletico contract which runs until 2023.
However, talks between the two clubs have reportedly reached a stalemate because Arsenal are reluctant to pay that much and will also need to fork out around £200,000 a week in wages.
Last month former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell backed the club’s pursuit of Partey but also suggested Arteta needs to be looking at improving his defence.
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"Arsenal need four or five players across the board,” he said..
"They need centre-halves, I can see them going for one or two players in that position.
"They also need central midfielders, and more energy across the midfield and either another striker or a wide player.
"I could see three players coming to Arsenal, dependent on recruitment and transfer budget – I’m not sure what’s going to happen and I’m not sure who Arteta is looking at.
"I could take Thomas Partey in midfield, from Atletico Madrid and Adrien Rabiot from Juventus.
"I’d love to see Kalidou Koulibaly at the back as Arsenal struggle with quick forwards and Koulibaly is quick and an excellent defender.
"That’s the position, especially after the North London derby, where we need someone who can cover ground pretty well."
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