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Thomas Partey to Arsenal: Player’s spokesperson issues key update, Atletico’s transfer promise

After a slow start to the summer transfer window, Arsenal are now starting to find their feet.

After securing the signing of former Chelsea winger Willian earlier this month, the Gunners are now closing in on the signing of Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

But once that deal is over the line and secured the Gunners are poised to switch their attentions to bolstering their central-midfield options.

The Gunners have been linked with an array of central-midfielders in recent months, including Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

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Though Coutinho and Aouar would add flair and creativity to Mikel Arteta’s midfield options, Partey would add steel and strength.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about Partey’s future and Arsenal’s interest in him.

What the player has said

The player has previously talked about his desire to play in the Premier League to put Arsenal on red alert.

“At the moment, I am happy at my club,” Partey told ESPN, speaking last summer.

“But in football, you never know when and where you’ll be in the next day or year

Thomas Partey looks on (Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
(Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world,” he added. “Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there.

“My agents are on it so I will leave everything for them,” he added.

“For me, I am happy playing football and I will continue to play where I am now until something comes up for consideration.”

Father’s Premier League hint

Partey’s father also reiterated his son’s desire to move to England one day.

“I personally told him to move on, if he is not wanted at where he is right now,” he told Enigye FM.

“Because he might…