Thomas Partey makes Arsenal transfer decision as Atletico Madrid refuse to negotiate

Thomas Partey is keen to join Arsenal this summer but he has made the decision not to force through a move should his £45million release clause not be met.

Atletico Madrid are refusing to negotiate with Arsenal for the Ghana international as the Gunners want to pay a lower fee.

Mikel Arteta is trying to offload some of his fringe players to raise funds for the 27-year-old.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has already been sold to Aston Villa for £20m so Arsenal have another £25m to find.

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The north Londoners were hoping to include Lucas Torreira as part of the deal for Partey.

But Atletico only want to loan the Uruguayan and do not want to include a purchase option.

The two clubs are in talks over Torreira’s potential move but Goal claims Atletico will not discuss Partey.

One option available to the midfielder is to try and push through his move to the Emirates Stadium by taking the drastic action of striking.

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However, Goal claims Partey will not kick-up a huge fuss and is willing to stay in the Spanish capital if Arsenal do not meet his release clause.

Earlier today Arteta admitted he is still looking to strengthen his squad.

He said: “We are still open to improve our team, we are looking for different options depending on what happens with some of our players here so we are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal take on Premier League champions Liverpool on Monday night and Arteta is impressed with how the Reds have carried their form into the new campaign.

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“I think they are getting better and better and they have less weaknesses,” he said.

“They are a fantastic side. The issue with the weaknesses of opponents is how many you are able to exploit and how many opportunities you get to do that.

“With all the incredible things that they have, you know that they are going to try and still be able to do them.

“So I want to focus on what we can do and what we have to do and control our own aspects.

“You know, in big games like that, every detail is really important to get a win.

“We have to dominate a lot of aspects in the game and how we manage the game in certain aspects as well. When we have our opportunities, we have to put them in the net.”

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