Arsenal and Manchester United look likely to miss out on signing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, who is set to sign a new contract with the Spanish club in the next few weeks, according to reports. The 26-year-old’s current deal includes a release clause of just £42million, alerting the attention of several major European clubs. With interest building, the Spanish club have quickly moved to secure their midfield talisman’s future, aiming to increase his buyout clause to £92m in the new contract. According to Spanish outlet Sport, Atletico expect Partey to agree to the fresh terms in the coming weeks, despite the interest from England. The Ghana international has been a mainstay in Diego Simeone’s side this season, playing in 35 out of 38 games in all competitions.
Partey’s salary is reportedly set to increase to £4.1m a year in a bid to entice him to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano. The defensive midfielder’s new £92m release clause would likely put off Arsenal and United, who may be forced to look elsewhere for a cheaper alternative.
The Gunners are potentially eyeing up a summer swoop for Valencia playmaker Carlos Soler, with Dani Ceballos set to return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of his season-long loan spell. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still in hot pursuit of Aston Villa’s star man Jack Grealish, and Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham.