Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is seeking an annual salary of £11m-a-year in order to join the Gunners this summer. The 27-year-old midfielder is keen on a move to the London club but Arsenal are unwilling to activate a €50m release clause in the footballer’s deal.
Instead, the London giants have offered the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi in part-exchange for Thomas but the Los Rojiblancos have rejected the offers and insist they will keep the player unless his release clause is met.
Gunners, therefore, have to decide if they can fund the £45m fee for Partey but another consideration is the player’s wage demands. Ghana international wants a weekly salary of £200,000-a-week which would make him one of the highest earners at the club.
Mesut Ozil, is the club’s current highest earner on nearly £350,000-a-week but the club are desperate to get him off the wage bill as he’s deemed surplus to requirements by the Spanish boss. Another element to factor into Mikel’s wish to sign the Ghanaian midfielder is the £250,000-a-week deal that Auba is seeking to remain at the Emirates.
Arsenal announced 55 redundancies last week and posted an operating loss in February before the covid pandemic hit to force football into suspension. A
The Spanish manager is under pressure to balance the books and the club have put a raft of players up for sale this summer in order to compensate for the fourth season outside the UCL. Ozil, Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all up for sale.