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Arsenal target Thomas Partey makes decision on forcing Atletico Madrid transfer exit

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey won’t force a move away from Atletico Madrid, reports say. The Ghana international is Mikel Arteta’s main priority ahead of the deadline. But it appears the Gunners won’t be helped by the player himself.

Not content with signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, Arteta wants more.

The Arsenal boss has done a stellar job at the Emirates since his appointment earlier in the year, helping the Gunners win the FA Cup and Community Shield and secure Europa League football in the process.

Now, however, he wants to sign Partey.

He’s dreaming of pairing the Ghana international alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, with the 27-year-old impressing in La Liga with his slick displays for the Spanish side over the years.

Yet while Partey is uncertain about his future, Spanish newspaper Marca say he won’t be trying to force a move away from the club.

It’s claimed he’s already snubbed one offer of a new contract and wants more money to commit his future to Diego Simeone’s side, who would love to keep him.

But while that gives Arsenal hope, it seems the Gunners’ only way of securing his signature is to pay his £44.5million release clause.

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