04 Jul

Arsenal triple Thomas Partey wages amid Napoli transfer threat

Arsenal have offered to triple the wages that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey currently earns in order to bring the Ghanaian to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.
 
The Gunners are the reported frontrunners to secure the transfer of the 27-year-old - who has a £45m release clause in his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano - this summer.
 
But despite Diario AS's claims that the north London side could vastly improve his wages, the same outlet reports that Napoli are hot on their heels.
 
The report adds the Serie A side are willing to offer Poland international Arkadiusz Milik - who was linked with a January transfer to Tottenham - in a player-exchange deal. 
 
Milik has scored 47 goals in 113 appearances for the Italian outfit and is said to be  Diego Simeone's number one attacking target.
 
Meanwhile, Napoli reportedly view Partey as the perfect candidate to replace Allan in the midfield, with the Brazilian having been linked with a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti at Everton.
 
However, the outlet also acknowledges that it would appear that Napoli will find it difficult to match the salary that Arsenal are offering Partey.
 
Partey's current deal in the Spanish capital runs through to 2023, but any extension would double his salary and also double his release clause to just above £90m (€100m).
 
The Ghana international has made 177 first-team appearances for Simeone's side – 40 of which have arrived this season.
 
The Madrid club are still keen to extend his deal, but reports last month claimed they have become increasingly resigned to losing their midfield star after contract talks stalled.
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