Thomas Partey: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

?This summer promises to be one of the busiest in recent memory for Atletico Madrid. 

Defensive stalwarts Diego Godin and Juanfran are on their way out, while Lucas Hernandez has sealed an €80m move to Bayern Munich. Star man Antoine Griezmann has also announced his intention to leave, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on midfielder Rodri.

Another player Diego Simeone could lose is Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian midfielder has had an impressive season which has attracted interest from a number of big name clubs. While Simone wants to keep him, Partey has a €50m release clause and Atletico would be powerless to prevent him leaving if it’s met.

Here we take a look at the clubs that have been linked with Partey and how likely a transfer to each side actually is.


Inter

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Inter are the side that have been most strongly ?linked to Partey in recent weeks as they look to revamp the midfield. 

The Nerazzurri are set to appoint ?Antonio Conte as manager and the Italian will no doubt have been given budget assurances from the club’s Chinese owners. Partey’s agent, Daniel Jimenez, has already been flirting with Inter, referring to them as a ‘top club’.

The move depends on whether Inter seal Champions League football next season. The club sits fourth going into the final Serie A matchday, but their Milan rivals are just a point behind and failure to beat Empoli could mean they miss out. 

Funding a deal for Partey would prove difficult without Champions League qualification, and the midfielder will be looking to play in Europe’s premier club competition himself next season. However, if Inter finish in the top four, a move is definitely on the cards.

Likelihood rating: 7/10 (if Inter qualify for the Champions League)


Arsenal 

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The Gunners are another side that have been linked with Partey as Unai Emery looks to build on his first season at the club.

The Spaniard solved some of Arsenal’s long standing midfield issues by signing Lucas Torreira last summer. The impressive Uruguayan has added grit alongside Granit Xhaka, who has also improved. However, Xhaka remains inconsistent and is far from a fan favourite, while Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus now leaves the club short in the middle.

Partey would definitely improve Emery’s midfield options, but any transfer would likely be too costly. Emery reportedly has just £40m to work with this summer, a sum that doesn’t even match Partey’s release clause.

?Arsenal will prioritise strengthening in defence and the wide areas in this window. A move for Partey looks unlikely at the moment.

Likelihood rating: 4/10


Manchester United

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?United are set to undergo a squad overhaul following a woeful season, and the centre of midfield is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities. 

Big money summer signing Fred has disappointed, while Ander Herrera is leaving and Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Nemanja Matic also endured a poor season and Solskjaer’s side are desperate for more quality in the middle.

Partey’s energy and ability to break up play would certainly be a welcome addition to a midfield which has often been accused of coasting its way through games, and United have the financial means to get the deal done. 

Solskjaer’s immediate attention seems to be on Newcastle’s ?Sean Longstaff (weirdly), but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the club bring two midfielders in. A move for Partey makes sense, particularly if there are further departures from Old Trafford.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


Juventus

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?Juventus are another club set for a busy summer following Max Allegri’s departure and a disappointing Champions League exit in 2018/19.

The Old Lady’s midfield endured a particularly difficult season, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can failing to hit top form.

Aaron Ramsey’s arrival will help remedy those issues, though the club could look to bring in further reinforcements. Sami Khedira had another injury-stricken campaign and underwent knee surgery in April, leaving the team short of options.

However, Juve will prioritise adding creativity to the midfield this season, with the club reportedly looking to sign Lazio’s ?Sergei Milinkovic-Savic

Likelihood rating: 1/10


PSG

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This definitely makes sense on paper. PSG really struggled in midfield this season, with centre-back Marquinhos deployed there for much of the campaign.

Adrien Rabiot barely played due to a contract dispute and is on his way out of the club, while January signing Leandro Paredes has so far failed to make his mark on the team.

PSG look to have already secured Ander Herrera on a free transfer from United, but the French club are still looking for reinforcements in the middle. 

While Partey would add the strength and running that is lacking in the PSG midfield, the club are focusing on securing the signing of ?long-term target Allan and would likely only move for Partey should they fail to convince Napoli to sell.

Likelihood rating: 2/10


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Transfer Rumours: Mata to Newcastle, Camarasa Wanted by Duo, Inter Baulk at Darmian Fee & More

?The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will produce any text, such as the entirety of  Shakespeare’s works – or yet another Manchester United transfer rumour.

Although this time, for a change, it’s about players leaving Old Trafford. It doesn’t stop there though, oh no, and we’ve also got some rumours coming out of Spain and Germany to keep things fresh.

So without babbling on any further, here’s your roundup all of things transfer related for today.


Rafael Benitez Keen on Juan Mata Reunion 

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As is clearly abundantly evident, unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time, Benitez isn’t blessed with a shedload of money in the north east. The deciding factor on whether he opts to stay with ?Newcastle hinges on Mike Ashley’s willingness to unzip his Sports Direct trackie bottoms and splash a bit of cash.

Well, either way, ??The Sun? claim Benitez fancies a one particular player who would be available for diddly squat this summer, as Mata’s ?United contract is set to expire. He can’t get too carried away though, as if the Magpies were to lure Mata to the north east it would break certain club policies of signing players over 26. Furthermore, the Spaniard would be asking for considerable wages to switch to St. James’ Park.

Benitez worked with Mata when he managed Chelsea during the 2012/13 season and is eager to add his creative spark to his squad.


Wolves & West Ham After Cardiff’s Spanish Loan Signing

Victor Camarasa

It didn’t end well for Cardiff this season, as relegation was confirmed to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The one player who seemingly caught the eye, however, wasn’t even one of their permanent players. Victor Camarasa was the club’s joint top scorer with five goals during the 2018/19 season, enough to prompt duo ?Wolves and ?West Ham to fancy bringing the Real Betis player back to the ?Premier League.

His one-year loan stint in Wales seems to have done him some favours according to the ?Daily Mail, with a possible return to England on the cards.


Inter Unsurprisingly Don’t Agree With Manchester United’s Valuation of Matteo Darmian

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For the 100th time there are suggestions that Darmian might return to Italy with ?Inter, yet again, willing to offer the right back a one-way ticket out of his miserable four-year stint at Old Trafford.

?FC inter News state that the Serie A outfit are back in towards 29-year-old Darmian who has mustered just 14 league appearances in the past two seasons.

Naturally, United are keen on a refund for the player they paid £12.7m for but the €10-12m they’re asking for is double Inter’s valuation. Poor, poor Darmian, although with the player earning €3m net maybe he could fund the move himself? Ha, fat chance.


Arsenal Eyeing Goalkeeping Reinforcements With Unknown Bundesliga 2 Player

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Hats off if you had heard of Markus Schubert before you just read his name, because you clearly know too much about football. Or, you are a Dynamo Dresden fan.

Petr Cech’s departure from not just ?Arsenal but playing football entirely is just one match away, and Unai Emery is keen on making a swift move to replace the legendary Czech by scooping up the 20-year-old on a free transfer, according to ?Bild.? Schubert has run down his deal with Dresden therefore offers the Gunners with the kind of move that suits their pitiful transfer budget.

Highly regarded in his native Germany, the goalkeeper made 43 appearances for the second-tier side this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in the process.


Barcelona Toying With the Option of Filipe Luis as Jordi Alba Backup

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Blessed with talent across the pitch, it’s hardly like ?Barcelona need to go gung-ho in signing players worth upwards of £60m. Except, they already have, and, it looks likely that they will again.


?Well, either way, there is no need to spend any more money in transfer fees if 
?Sport are to be believed – with the club are mulling over the free signing of Filipe Luis who is set t leave ?La Liga rivals ?Atletico. The Brazilian left back is out of contract with Los Rojiblancos and seeking a new challenge, so bench warming at the Camp Nou might tickles his tastebuds.

Alba is unquestionably the number one but, even at 33 years old, Luis would offer the Spaniard a chance for a rest every now and then after several seasons of solid displays in the top leagues.


Bayern Munich Have ‘Agreement in Principle’ for Everton’s Forgotten Man Henry Onyekuru

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?Everton are crying out for a talented, goalscoring forward, but have seemingly failed to see what is right in front of them. 

Onyekuru joined from Eupen back in 2017 for £7m before immediately being sent on loan to Anderlecht. There, he netted ten times before Galatasaray took note of the Nigerian’s ability and he joined them for the 2018/19 campaign.

He has torn it up in the Super Lig, netting 12 league goals in 26 games, showcasing a real eye for goal. Now, Kewse Sports’ ?Colin Udoh claims ?Bayern have an ‘agreement’ to sign the player and that a deal is ‘close’. You don’t get pinched by the Bundesliga champions if you’re rubbish, yet still Marco Silva would prefer to persist with Cenk Tosun up front. Go figure. 


Watford Striker Offered Huge Wages to Join Schalke

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?Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio has garnered some attention after successful loan stint for Fortuna Dusseldorf this season.

11 goals in 23 outings is a fair return for the 21-year-old Belgian, as fellow German side Schalke are looking to offer the winger a deal with significant financial benefits. SportBild, as relayed by ?Sport Witness, claim Die Knappen have ‘promised’ to blow his current €500k-per-year wages out of the water and attempt to lure him to Gelsenkirchen with a basic salary that could reach €5m.

Watford are after a €20m fee to part with the player they brought in from Anderlecht, which could act as a slight stumbling block for the Bundesliga side, however.


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Inter Home Kit 2019/20: Nerazzurri Release New Strip for Next Season

?Inter have officially revealed their new Nike home kit for the 2019/20 season which pays tribute to a classic Nerazzurri away kit worn 30 years ago.

The kit launch was revealed on the ?club’s official website featuring players from Inter’s women’s team, and will be worn by both the men’s and women’s sides from the start of next season.

Describing the new kit, Inter’s press release said: “The club’s new jersey takes inspiration from the classic away kit the Nerazzurri wore in the 1989/90 season, with a band of diagonal stripes stretching across the chest and stylishly intersecting the traditional vertical black and blue lines.


“Diagonal stripes were also a key element of a former club crest used between 1978 and 1988, and here they form the focal point of a shirt which is beautifully framed by a white V-neck collar and white trim on the sleeves.

“The kit is completed by black shorts and colour blocked socks – half black, half blue – taken directly from the neck of the Biscione, an enduring club symbol.

Commenting further on the new design, Senior Design Director of Nike Apparel Pete Hoppins added: “Inter has an incredible home identity, so the challenge was to execute their iconic stripes in a modern and disruptive way, while also respecting their rich tradition.

“We looked back at the iconic diagonal stripes used on the away jersey in 1989 as well as the old club crest and it led us to this very classic design with a break of diagonal stripes across the chest.”

The shirt will be available to buy from the club’s official merchandise site, as well as Nike’s official website. 

The ?Nerazzurri will hope that the new kit will be on display during next season’s Champions League, with Luciano Spalletti’s occupying the fourth and final qualifying spot currently with just one game of the season remaining.

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Argentina Officially Announce 23-Man Squad for 2019 Copa America

?Argentina have officially announced their 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa America in Brazil this summer.

Head coach Lionel Scaloni initially revealed a 40-man squad for the tournament, but he whittled that number down to 23 on Tuesday.

The biggest omission from the squad is ??Inter’s ?Mauro Icardi, who has been left out of the squad after missing a large portion of the season following a public falling out with the club. That, coupled with the fact that the striker has struggled for form since coming back into the side, has left Scaloni with little choice other than to leave him out.

Similarly unsurprising is the inclusion of ?Lionel Messi, who brought his temporary hiatus from international football to an end in March. He’ll no doubt be desperate to end his long wait for a trophy with Argentina after agonisingly missing out in the previous two Copa America finals.

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There are also inclusions for a handful of Premier League players, including Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra and Tottenham defender Juan Foyth.

This is the first time Aguero has been called up to represent the national side since Scaloni took over the reigns following La Seleccion’s disappointing World Cup campaign, so it remains to be seen how big a role he will end up playing in Brazil.

Argentina have been drawn in Group B  against Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar and will get their tournament underway on June 15.


Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Guido Rodriguez (Club America)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Matias Suarez (River Plate)?

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Transfer Rumours: Lukaku to Inter, Malcom to Dortmund, Real Madrid Hesitate Over Jovic & More

It will come as no surprise to learn that the summer transfer window is going to be a busy one – at least it will be if all the various rumours actually come to fruition.

We’ve got big money moves for some of the biggest clubs in Europe to discuss, a spanner in the works for Real Madrid’s plans to sign Luka Jovic and, most importantly, transfer news involving Carl Jenkinson.

Here’s the latest edition of the transfer rumour mill.


Carl Jenkinson Deemed Surplus to Requirements By Arsenal?

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No one really understands why Carl Jenkinson is still lingering about at the Emirates in the first place, but the right-back’s time with ?Arsenal appears to be coming to an end this summer.

TEAMtalk are reporting that Arsenal have spoken with the right-back and are happy for him to seek pastures new this summer. If any bids do come in for the 27-year-old, Arsenal will not stand in the way and, given that his current deal expires next year, you can understand why the Gunners are looking to sell him as soon as possible.

Playoff finalists ?Aston Villa are said to be the leading candidates to land the full back, but their interest may hinge on whether they are able to overcome Derby at Wembley next week.


Liverpool Join the Race to Sign Ryan Fraser

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Ryan Fraser’s future remains rather uncertain and his current contract situation has provided some encouragement for a host of top teams who are looking to bolster their attacking ranks this summer.

The ?Bournemouth winger has been a top target for Arsenal for quite some time but, according to ?The Sun, they’ll face some stiff competition from ?Liverpool this summer. The Cherries aren’t willing to part ways with Fraser too easily, but they’ll be well aware that his current deal expires next summer, so they may be forced to consider a generous bid.

The Sun claim that £30m is likely to be enough to twist Bournemouth’s arm, but they also suggest that Liverpool’s interest is with a view to snapping him up on a free deal next summer. 


Borussia Dortmund Eyeing Up Move for Barcelona’s Malcom

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?Borussia Dortmund already know that Christian Pulisic is leaving for Chelsea, so finding a suitable replacement will be at the top of their wishlist for the summer transfer window.

After the successful signing of ?Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer last year, BVB are once again looking to the fringes of the Blaugrana’s squad for inspiration. ?Sport are reporting that Dortmund have been keeping tabs on Malcom for quite some time and are seriously considering a move for the 22-year-old – although it is unclear whether it will be a loan offer or a permanent bid.

Barcelona are well aware of the fact that Malcom will be widely sought-after and they may be more willing to let the Brazilian leave for the Premier League in order to make a profit on the 41m they paid last summer.


Atletico Madrid Express Interest in Giovani Lo Celso and Mario Fernandes

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?Atletico Madrid look set for an extensive overhaul this summer, with the likes of Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Juanfran all heading for the exit door.

Reinforcements are already being lined up and, according to Spanish journalist ?Antonio Ruiz, Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and CSKA Moscow right-back ?Mario Fernandes have been added to Atletico’s summer portfolio.

Lo Celso only recently joined Betis on a permanent deal when the Spanish outfit triggered an option to buy clause in his loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain, but that fact hasn’t distracted Atletico from remaining interested.


Real Madrid Hesitate Over Luka Jovic Fee

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Various reports suggested that ?Real Madrid had already agreed a deal to sign Bundesliga hotshot Luka Jovic last week, but it now appears that Los Blancos are starting to hesitate over the signing.

Spanish television channel ?El Chiringuito claim that Real Madrid are now saying no to the asking price of 100m for the Serbian striker, which could potentially open the door for Barcelona to make an approach.

Despite this, Spanish journalist Sergio Valentin has commented on the matter, writing on ?Twitter: “I’ll just say one little thing: the players play where they want. Jovic wants to play at Real Madrid.”


Romelu Lukaku’s Name At the Top of Inter’s List

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Romelu Lukaku has previously expressed his desire to play in Italy and it now appears that his wishes may be coming reality a little sooner than expected.

?Inter are already planning for next season – despite having not yet qualified for the Champions League – and are in contact with Lukaku’s representatives over a potential deal. Inter are looking for a replacement for the troublesome Mauro Icardi and ?FCInterNews are reporting that CEO Giuseppe Marotta has identified Lukaku as his top target. 

Inter may well present €20-30m plus Ivan Perisic as a potential bargaining chip to secure the deal and ?Manchester United are looking increasingly likely to allow the Belgian striker to make the move over to Milan.


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