The Spanish side, Atletico Madrid have rejected an offer from English Premier League side, Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey after the North London side offered Matteo Guendouzi plus £22.5million in a swap deal for the Ghanaian international.
According to Get French Football News, Atletico Madrid had requested that Arsenal pays Partey’s £45.6million release clause in full.
The North London side has shown interest in Partey in recent weeks as the club manager, Mikel Arteta, tries to make his first signing of the summer.
While Guendouzi has been seen as an option by the Gunners in any potential deal with Arteta having few assets to use.
The Ghanaian international’s current contract at Atletico Madrid will expire in 2023.
The 27-year-old had said in the summer of 2018 that he was hopeful of playing in the English Premier League, one day.
“The Premier League is good. It is very competitive and has some of the best players in the world.”
“Hopefully, one day. I want to play there,” Partey said.