Thomas Partey is reportedly unhappy with Atletico Madrid’s contract offer.
The Ghanaian, who helped Atletico confound the 22bet odds to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League this season, has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months, with reports suggesting he has held talks with the Gunners.
According to Ghanaian journalist Rahman Osman the midfielder’s offer is ‘rubbish’.
Speaking on Ghanaian radio station Tru FM, Jacob Partey said that his son had told him personally that talks have been held between the Gunners and his representatives.
“It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding,” he added. “If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana.
“I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.”
Last week, Partey’s agency JJSports branded claims the midfielder has held discussions with the Gunners as “totally false”.
However, Osman argues otherwise:
The journalist told The AFC Bell: “I do not know the smallest details in the contract submitted by Atletico Madrid.
“But the description that I received from my sources stated that it did not meet the aspirations of the player and his team.
“This offer is ‘rubbish’ and therefore the player did not sign it.
“I contacted Thomas’ father and the quotes are real.
“He said that on the radio but was not authorized to publish those details.”
Partey, 26, is said to have a release clause of £43.5m.
With the coronavirus pandemic causing financial uncertainty around the world – not least in football – Arsenal are likely to be economical in the transfer market this summer and a deal would take a huge chunk out of the budget.