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Arteta to chase 26-year-old Thomas Partey for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains very keen to snap up Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid this summer, according to Football London.

Arsenal have been linked heavily with Partey for several months now, and his agent recently suggested that the Gunners were in talks with the defensive midfielder.

That caused JJ Sports, the agency who represent Partey, to come out and make a public statement over his future.

JJ Sports claimed that Arsenal actually wasn’t as close to landing Partey as had been suggested, by Marca: “This is all fake”.

However, according to Football London, Partey is very much on Arsenal’s list of targets this summer.

Arteta has made strengthening his midfield his top priority for next season, and it seems that Partey is his leading target.

It is understood that Atleti are desperate to keep hold of Ghanian, but he could well be tempted by a switch to the Premier League, with AS saying he was spent to a move a move to the Gunners last month. 

If Arsenal were to sign the £45 million man (Football London) he could add power and strength to their midfield ranks, as well as the discipline that they have been lacking for a number of years.

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