European soccer skilled Andy Brassell has backed ‘extraordinarily sleek’ Thomas Partey to be ‘extra invaluable and extra helpful’ for Arsenal than Houssem Aouar.
The Lyon midfielder was linked with a transfer to the Emirates for nearly the whole lot of the summer season window as Mikel Arteta seemed to bolster his midfield choices.
Nevertheless, with the France midfielder snubbing the Gunners after they failed to satisfy Lyon’s valuation, a deadline day transfer for Atletico’s Partey now appears extra doubtless.
As is stands, the 27-year-old has reportedly handed a medical in Spain and can fly to England after his £45million buyout clause was met, with The Guardian claiming he’ll signal a four-year contract with a seven-figure signing-on charge.
And the Ghana worldwide is definitely not simply ‘a tackler’ as some critics would have you ever imagine, Brassell instructed Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT on deadline day.
He stated: “Atletico have at all times felt fairly relaxed about this as a result of, I assume it’s a bit just like the scenario the place Arsenal had been attempting to get Houssem Aouar.
“They had been so wanting the determine that was wanted, that it didn’t seem like something was taking place.
“So whereas €50million for a participant like Thomas Partey would usually appear fairly low, on this atmosphere and with what Arsenal are thought to have out there to spend on transfers, it didn’t actually seem like a goer.
“However now it will get to this the place, they’ve at all times stated, ‘both pay the clause or he’s not going’. When in fact they pay the clause, it’s out of Atletico’s fingers so Arsenal would go on to LaLiga and say ‘right here you go, right here’s the €50m’.
“They’ll negotiate with the participant from there; he’s at all times gave the impression to be pretty open to the thought of coming to Arsenal and a giant a part of that could be a cash factor as a result of he has by no means been one of many highest-paid gamers at Atletico and so they do rock a reasonably respectable wage invoice.
“However I believe he can be an enormous improve for Arsenal and, as a lot as I do know loads of followers are disenchanted on lacking out on Houssem Aouar, I truly assume Thomas Partey can be invaluable and extra helpful for Arsenal within the short-term.
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“I believe folks have a look at him and stereotype him typically as a tackler and a powerful man, and he does have a little bit of that aspect to him, however he’s extraordinarily sleek on the ball.
“He’s good at dribbling spherical folks, he’s good at going by the gears and he’s good at pulling the workforce ahead.
“So I believe that will be very, very helpful for Arsenal.”