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10 May

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey made wish to join Gunners clear for one key reason

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey has told Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave to join the Gunners for several reasons, most pertinently being the fact he followed the club as a kid
 
 
Mikel Arteta is said to have made Partey his top target as he looks to rebuild his midfield in the summer transfer window.
 
The dynamic 26-year-old has starred for Diego Simeone's Atletico as a regular starter for the past three seasons.
 
But the Ghanaian has told Atletico, who had hoped to tie him down to a new contract, that he wants to move to the Emirates at the end of the season according to the Daily Telegraph.
 
Partey has a £43million release clause in his contract and the La Liga club had hoped to tie him down to a new deal.
 
Atletico also hold apparent interest in Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, who could depart this summer with his contract expiring in 2022.
 
Los Rojiblancos are open to swap deals with the coronavirus pandemic having taken a financial toll on the club and European football as a whole, with the upcoming window expected to be quieter than usual.
 
And Arsenal boss Arteta has been dealt a major boost with Partey making it clear he wishes to move to England.
 
While Atletico are still a major player in Spain, despite a below-par season this term, there is one standout reason - along with several others - he wants the switch, say The AFC Bell.
 
They claim that while other members of his family - particularly his brothers - are avid Manchester United fans having watched them regularly on TV growing up, Partey chose to be different and support Arsenal.
 
It is reported that Partey wanted the extra competition with his brothers and so chose to support a different club to them.
 
While he was not immediately majorly passionate about the north London outfit, he apparently soon grew fond of the Gunners.
 
And the report adds that a source believes Partey would be an admirer of Arteta's work, the Spanish coach having worked closely with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City.
 
Another reason Partey is said to be keen on the move is due to the attraction of living in London, where the player's fiancée spends a lot of time modelling.
 
She is thought to work a lot in New York and London and Partey moving to the English capital would allow the pair to spend more time together.
 
Partey's Ghana national team team-mates - as well as friends and family - are all thought to be supportive of a proposed switch to Arsenal.
 
And The AFC Bell add that the sources are hopeful that Partey will get the opportunity to join Arsenal, having told Atletico that he wants the move.
 
But there is no certainty over a switch, which may depend on Arsenal's finances, which will be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of Champions League football in recent seasons.
 
Yet Partey's fondness of the club will go down well with Arteta, who wants players who are totally committed to Arsenal.
 
"The moment we mention Arsenal, Ian you know what it means around the world," Arteta told Arsenal legend Ian Wright in an interview on behalf of Adidas.
 
"Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.
 
"It doesn't need much convincing and if they do, for me it's not a good starting point. If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit.
 
"It has to be 'what do we have to do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values the style of play that I want'. That's the kind of emotion I want to hear at the start.
 
"The same with the players that are here. Once you finish what are the feelings you have towards the club? That's what really interests me."
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