(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Athletico Madrid are increasingly resigned to losing Thomas Partey and Arsenal are the club best placed to sign him, according to reports in Spain.
Boss Diego Simeone is desperate to keep the Ghanaian midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.
The 27-year-old has a contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, which the club have tried to extend while simultaneously attempting to increase his current release clause from £45million (€50m) to £72m (€80m).
But reports have it that these attempts have been unsuccessful and has led parts of the Atletico hierarchy to become resigned to losing him.
The reports add that while there are many other clubs interested in Partey, it appears that his likely destination will be the Premier League and that Arsenal are the side best positioned to take advantage.