But Partey is said to be training as normal and ready to continue with Simeone’s side at the current moment in time.
Arsenal, in a bid to raise funds for Partey or Lyon star Aouar, are willing to shift out Lucas Torreira – demanding a fee of £20m for the Uruguay international.
And Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil could be sold as well, with all players currently down in Arteta’s pecking order.
Meanwhile, though Aouar has become the Gunners’ main focus in recent times, Nigel Winterburn feels they should be going after Partey with vigour instead.
“Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are the right sort of names to be linked with Arsenal,” Winterburn told FreeSuperTips.
“At times, for long periods, Arsenal have good possession of the ball. But when teams set up defensively, they struggle to break the opponent down.
“Last weekend [against West Ham] was actually a poor performance by Arsenal, but I’m happy about the result because last season that would have been a game that Arsenal would have lost.
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