Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal to manager Mikel Arteta, according to footballtransfers.com.
The midfielder reportedly does not want to play a secondary role in the upcoming season and has requested the club’s assistance in finding him a new team.
Arteta has reluctantly agreed to let Partey go, on the condition that a satisfactory transfer fee can be obtained. While initial talks have been held with clubs in Saudi Arabia and Juventus, no concrete offers have materialised thus far.
Consequently, Arsenal are now looking to expedite negotiations with Southampton for the acquisition of Romeo Lavia.
They plan to hold another meeting with Partey to discuss his future, following which they will intensify their efforts to secure Lavia’s signature.
With a void to fill in midfield, despite the imminent arrival of Declan Rice from West Ham, Arsenal is faced with the departure of Granit Xhaka, the ageing Jorginho, and Mohamed Elneny not being considered a regular starter.
Partey has been with Arsenal since 2020 and played a key role in their strong Premier League campaign last season. Despite falling short of winning the league, Partey established himself as one of the team’s standout performers.