Thursday Aug 27, 2020. 09:00
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has stated that the Premier League club will find it “very difficult” to sign Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
According to Winterburn, reported interest from La Liga giants Barcelona will likely prove a major stumbling block in Arsenal’s hopes of bringing the Black Stars player to North London – despite being strongly linked with the player for several months now.
“I’m always a little bit worried when the likes of Barcelona are also interested in your target – even when they’re in disarray – because they’re a huge club and you don’t want to be fighting them for a player, because most clubs would lose out in that situation,” Winterburn told bookmakers.co.uk.
“From my point of view, I’ve always said the structure right through the centre of the team is so pivotal to how a team plays.
“You need strong players straight through the middle – centre-halves, central midfielders and your centre-forwards – they really need to be of a very high standard at this level.
“Arsenal need to look at those areas and Thomas Partey has been linked with a host of clubs, including Arsenal.
“If Barcelona’s interest is genuine, then I think it was always going to be very difficult for Arsenal to sign him.”
Partey has a £45million clause in his contract and Atletico won’t accept a penny less from the Gunners, who have already spent £27million to sign central defender Gabriel Magalhaes.