Arsenal has seen a second bid rejected for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. The Gunners have failed to once again meet the asking price set by the LaLiga club, with a part-exchange offer featuring Matteo Guendouzi knocked back.
Arsenal’s latest offer for Partey is still short of what Atletico Madrid want. Arsenal’s first bid of £22.5m and a player was rejected a fortnight ago, with The Guardian now claiming efforts to include hothead Guendouzi as part of the deal also failed to entice Diego Simeone.
Atletico is adamant they will not sell Partey for release than the release clause in his contract, which totals €50m (£45.5m).
The tough-tackling Ghana international moved to the Spanish capital in 2013 and is a favorite of Simeone, but has just two years left on his current deal.
Mikel Arteta is desperate to overhaul his squad after a rather disappointing 8th place finish but knows he will have to generate transfer funds before players can be brought in.
Guendouzi has fallen out of favour with the Spaniard ever since being frozen out of the first-team picture last month against Brighton.
Get French Football News to claim the France international is confident he can secure a move to Barcelona should the club decide to sell him, with the 21-year-old content to be a fringe option at Camp Nou.