Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot | Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to bring Thomas Partey to the Gunners this summer, and has drawn up plans in case he does not have much money to spe

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot
Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot
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Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal could offer a swap deal including Alexandre Lacazette to tempt Atletico Madrid into doing business for Thomas Partey, it has been claimed. The Gunners are set on signing Partey to form a new-look midfield at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta is an admirer of the 26-year-old and according to Goal, Atletico are well aware of the north London club's interest.

But Arsenal's current financial picture means it is almost impossible for them to put together the cash to activate his £44million release clause unless they qualify for the Champions League.

Ahead of the Premier League's restart in less than two weeks' time, Arsenal sit ninth and have 10 matches to play, giving them a game in hand on their rivals.

But even if they beat Manchester City in their outstanding fixture, they will still trail fourth-placed Chelsea by five points with nine games remaining.

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot (Image: GETTY)

And so, despite being the only unbeaten team in England's top-flight in 2020 prior to the league's three-month coronavirus-enforced break - Arsenal are seen as unlikely to clinch a top-four spot.

If they do not book a spot in the Champions League next term, they will have to smart with their tactics in the transfer market to land Arteta's top target.

Qualifying for the Europa League would allow them to do at least some business, albeit not on the same scale as if they secured fourth place.

While missing out on Europe altogether, which is a feasible conclusion to the campaign, would leave them in really dire straits and staring at a quiet summer window.

Yet Goal say that with Partey having yet to accept the offer of a new contract at Atletico with the view to keeping an eye on how the summer unfolds, Arsenal could make an ambitious move even if they do not qualify for the Champions League.

They are expected to try and pursue the Ghana international whatever happens and could well look to throw Lacazette into a swap deal.

Diego Simeone is said to be a long-term admirer of the French striker, who is out of contract at Arsenal in 2022 and entering a crucial summer regarding his future.

If no extension is tabled, or he refuses to put pen to paper, then Lacazette is likely to be offloaded and including him in a deal for Partey could suit both clubs.

Lacazette recently turned 29 and despite his quality, is Arsenal's third-highest paid player with the Londoners known to be looking to cut down on their wage bill.

His return this season has also not justified such a salary, with just nine goals and three assists in 26 games despite playing in his favoured centre-forward role all season.

One issue facing Arsenal, however, is that their other main striker - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - is out of contract in 2021 and so the subject of his future is even more pressing.

Aubameyang could be sold in the coming months, rather than being allowed to leave on a free in a year's time, with the 31-year-old thought to be keen to play in the Champions League.

And while it would benefit their wage bill, losing both Aubameyang and Lacazette in the same window would leave a gaping hole in Arsenal's squad.

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot

Arsenal have Thomas Partey transfer plan if they miss out on Champions League spot (Image: GETTY)

Despite Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah's promise, Aubameyang and Lacazette have contributed nearly 63 per cent of Arsenal's goals in the Premier League this season, and the younger pair of attackers would have a monumental task of replacing the duo.

It of course remains possible that Lacazette could be swapped for Partey and that the money raised by Aubameyang's sale could used on a replacement, though that would still leave Arsenal with one less forward.

FootballGhana's editor Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah meanwhile claimed on The Transfer Exchange Show that Partey "wants to play for Arsenal", in a huge potential boost to Arteta's hopes of landing the Ghanaian.

He said: "As per a close source to Thomas Partey, the player wants to play for Arsenal.

"Expect Partey to play in Arsenal next season, expect him to be in England, I can assure you of that.

"Partey wants to play for Arsenal, he wants to be in England.

"Last week, I was told that [Michael] Essien has got in touch with him and I wouldn’t be surprised because close sources tell me that Partey wants to play in England and especially Arsenal.”



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