It looks like we’re set for a good old fashioned transfer saga when the window finally opens this summer, with our traders expecting Thomas Partey to attract plenty of Premier League attention.
The Atletico Madrid ace has been a shining light in Spain since breaking into Los Rojiblancos’ squad in 2015, and it’s not the first time a move to the UK has been touted.
While not exactly a blockbuster signing, the Ghanaian would certainly add some much-needed steel to several flimsy top-flight midfields – meaning we could see a transfer tug-of-war for his signature.
Partey has another three years left to run on his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano but has reportedly rejected fresh terms from Atletico which would have supposedly seen him double his wages.
This has sparked a flurry of interest from a number of high-profile clubs and sent our traders scurrying to price up prospective moves.
Arsenal are currently 3/1 favourites to snap up the 26-year-old, with Partey’s father having recently confirmed the club’s interest.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta could get his hands on the enforcer for just £43million if willing to pay the player’s release clause, although it remains to be seen if Arsenal have a spare £130,000-a-week lying around the Emirates to meet Partey’s rumoured wage demands.
Manchester United are second-favourites in the betting market, with odds of them signing the star shortening to just 11/2.
Partey is seen as a potential successor to the ageing Nemanja Matic, while any deal would surely infuriate Arsenal and help reignite a legendary Premier League rivalry that has become something of a damp squib in recent years.
Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running (6/1), because you can never have too many midfielders while Partey is 9/1 to move to Liverpool – but good luck getting a game there.
Not wanting to feel left out, Chelsea are also 9/1 to sign the Atletico star while Barcelona and Juventus are both 14/1 as potential destinations.
We’ve also priced up Real Madrid as outsiders at 25/1, because they just love buying players for the sake of it.
Thomas Partey’s next club
Arsenal – 3/1
Manchester United – 11/2
Paris Saint-Germain – 6/1
Liverpool – 9/1
Chelsea – 9/1
Barcelona – 14/1
Juventus – 14/1
Real Madrid – 25/1
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