Arsenal continue chase for Atletico Madrid midfield destroyer

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Atletico Madrid have reportedly reiterated that they will not sell their star player Thomas Partey unless Arsenal agrees to pay his €50million (£45.5m) release clause.

The Ghana international is believed to be one of three attacking players Mikel Arteta is targeting in the summer along with Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and soon-to-be free agent Willian from their rivals Chelsea.

The Gunners opened talks with Thomas Partey earlier this year, as confirmed by his father, however, any hopes of signing the 27-year-old anchorman on a cut-price transfer have been dashed by Atletico.

Football journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Thomas will not be going anywhere in the summer unless his valuation is met in full.

Atletico Madrid are supposedly also unwilling to listen to any sort of alternative offers, including a possible player-plus-cash contract involving French midfield destroyer Matteo Guendouzi.

Should they fail to reach an agreement with the Spanish side, the Gunners could instead turn to AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

Meanwhile, AZ playmaker Teun Koopmeiners has reportedly emerged as a summer transfer target for Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Red Devils were rumoured to be interested in securing the services Koopmeiners last summer and believed to be also in the market for his services once again before the end of the transfer window.

The 22-year-old has been in stunning form for his Dutch team during the current campaign, founding back of the net 16 times and providing three assists in 42 games in all competitions.