Arsenal will reportedly make Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey their top target in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Ghana international has has a release clause of around £42million in his contract with Mikel Arteta a keen admirer.
And the Spaniard reckons his impressive performances as a defensive midfielder could help his team out.
The 26-year-old has become a key element of Diego Simeone’s side and stood out in their recent Champions League last 16 win over Liverpool.
Manchester United are among the teams that have been linked with Partey in the past but Arsenal could try and lure him to north London, according to The Telegraph.
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Partey has made 35 appearances for Atletico Madrid this season, scoring three goals and providing an assist.
He came through the ranks with the La Liga side with loan stints at Mallorca and Almeria in between.
Arteta has Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi as defensive midfield options but the now-injured Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy and it is highly likely Xhaka will be shown the door.
A lack of Champions League football could be a stumbling block for the Gunners in their attempts to sign Partey, however.
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Victory over Liverpool means Atletico are through to the quarter final of this season’s competition, while Arsenal are unlikely to qualify for next season.
The club have been resigned to Europa League football since Arsene Wenger left several years ago.
Meanwhile, Arteta was confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus on Thursday night.
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The Arsenal boss was confirmed to have COVID-19 just hours after the Premier League confirmed that games would go ahead as normal this weekend.
The Gunners were due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday but that fixture has now been postponed.
Arsenal have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.
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