Arsenal will reportedly look to step up their interest in Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey should they sell Hector Bellerin to Paris Saint-Germain
Bellerin has emerged as one of PSG’s prime targets for this transfer window. Thomas Tuchel is on the lookout for a new right-back after Thomas Meunier left for Borussia Dortmund.
The parties have already held talks to discuss the Spaniard’s availability. But, the Parisians have yet to present an official bid.
That’s because the clubs remain way apart in their valuations of Bellerin. According to the Express Sport, Arsenal demand around £27million to let go of the 25-year-old.
Despite establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member, the former Barcelona youth academy graduate could move in the summer.
Bellerin’s importance within the dressing room is unquestionable. However, a series of injuries have seen his influence on Mikel Arteta’s set-up dwindle over the past 12 months.
Instead of reinvesting the money on snapping up a new right-back, Arteta is reportedly keen to use it to snatch Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
🔴 Hector Bellerin wanted by PSG— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 2, 2020
🔴 #PSG talking to Arsenal on fee
🔴 25yo open to move if deal struck
🔴 Likely AMN would stay + start
🔴 #RMFC waive Ceballos loan fee but #AFC to cover full salary this time
🔴 Partey + Aouar remain targets@TheAthleticUK https://t.co/pvg1QeLydS
The 27-year-old midfielder is Arsenal’s top transfer target, but a lack of funds has been a sticking point so far.
Indeed, Atletico are holding out for Partey’s release clause that stands at £45million. Due to damage caused by the coronavirus crisis, the Gunners can’t afford that figure.
Arteta has already splashed out around £40million to secure the services of Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes. Operating on a tight budget, the Spanish manager can’t do much without offloading some of his first-team players.
Matteo Guendouzi is also one of those who could make way for new signings. Having already been frozen out by Arteta, the French midfielder is likely to depart the Emirates before the deadline passes.