Matteo Guendouzi’s future at Arsenal is uncertain.
Guendouzi allegedly met with Arsenal chiefs last week to discuss his future after run-ins with manager Mikel Arteta.
It is said he is keen to depart the Emirates after being left feeling Arteta does not trust him.
The Gunners are believed to have told him they have no intention to sell – but the fall-out could present them with an unlikely transfer solution this summer.
Arsenal have been long-time admirers of Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey as they look for a dynamic midfielder to add some energy in the middle of the park.
Atletico Madrid are not keen to sell, but they have seemingly been open to a potential swap deal.
They were linked with a proposal to Liverpool involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in exchange for Partey.
Arsenal were also tipped to swap Alexandre Lacazette, although they appear keen to keep their influential French striker.
However, Guendouzi could provide a perfect opportunity to tempt Atletico to let Partey go without costing Arsenal big-money as they count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports in Spain have speculated that Guendouzi could be desired by Atletico manager Diego Simeone as they are increasingly resigned to losing Partey.
That could offer Arsenal an ideal solution for Arteta to rid his squad of potential disharmony with an unhappy Guendouzi whilst also landing one of his most desired targets in the process despite financial restrictions they face.
Speaking earlier this month, Diego Simeone said: “Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines.
“When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.”
Partey’s Dad has also discussed his future and confirmed he is available if his £44.5million release clause is met.
“My son’s current club Atletico Madrid has a release clause in Partey’s deal…this means that any club which shows interest in signing him must meet those demands,” Jacob Partey told SilverFM, in quotes reported by Metro.
“So any team which meets Atletico’s demand will be able to sign my son, and not specifically Arsenal as rumoured in a section of the media.
“I always call my son and he is of age to decide on a move…I am ready to support his decision.”