Latest Development in Thomas Partey Chase as Ghanaian Makes Decision About Future
Manchester United’s Thomas Partey Chase
Manchester United are looking into Thomas Partey, primarily as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2016 for a world-record £89 million but has failed to live up to the price.
He has struggled to make the impact that the fee would suggest of him, and injury has plagued his time there. Most recently, he has had a recurring ankle injury, making just seven appearances in the Premier League as a result, and has failed to continue the great form he started last campaign.
Real Madrid and Juventus have shown lots of interest in the 27-year-old for some time, with many other European giants monitoring him, and he may leave in the summer, as the Red Devils as for £100 million.
Partey would fill a more defensive role, but would still be a quality addition to the midfield. With United lacking a world-class defensive-midfielder, they are looking into many this summer, and although, Pogba can fill the position, Partey would be more suited to it.
Arsenal’s Interest in Partey
Arsenal also want Partey. With a weak defence, manager Mikel Arteta will look to strengthen in the summer, and the Ghanan midfielder would be a great defensive addition. Despite this, the Gunners may prioritize the acquisition of a striker for next season, with many clubs interested in star centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It seems that Partey and Atletico Madrid are close to agreeing on a new deal. The Spanish sides are reluctant to let Partey go, and would struggle without him. Currently, the 26-year-old has a £42 million release clause. However, this new deal would see that more than double, up to £92 million, and would be a massive blow for both United and the Gunners in their bid to sign him.