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Thomas Partey 'makes decision on future' amid Arsenal and Man Utd interest


Arsenal and Manchester United could be about to receive a major blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

The midfielder is of interest to both Premier League clubs as they eye the Ghanian who has a £42m release clause.

But Atletico are confident of agreeing a new deal with Partey in the coming weeks which would see him pocket over £4m a year.

Crucially though it would see his release clause more than double to £92m according to Sport.

The 26-year-old has become a vital part of Diego Simeone’s side having played the bulk of their games this term.

Thomas Partey has been linked with a move to England

His combative and energetic style meant he was integral to their recent Champions League win over Liverpool at Anfield.

It helped the Spaniards progress to the last eight, although there is doubt over the competitions future this season.

Arsenal are looking to improve in a host of areas as Mikel Arteta plans to mould his squad at the Emirates.

Midfield is one of those areas with the Gunners boss identifying several targets.

United were also reportedly interested in Partey as Solskjaer plans to dip into the transfer market once more.

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The Norwegian is looking to bring young, homegrown players to Old Trafford but the success of Bruno Fernandes may encourage him to consider foreign imports where fit.

The Portuguese star has helped with the absence of Paul Pogba, although the World Cup winner has endured an inconsistent United career.

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With Emmanuel Petit claiming Fernandes has done in two months what the Frenchman was signed to do in 2016.

“In the space of two months he is the best buy in the winter market,” he said. “He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years.

“Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.”





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