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Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is seeking an annual salary of £10.4million-a-year in order to join Arsenal this summer.
The Ghanian midfielder is keen on a move to the Emirates but the Gunners are unwilling to activate a €50m (£45m) release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract.
Instead, Arsenal have offered the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi in part-exchange for the Ghana international but Atletico have rejected the offers and insist they will keep the midfielder unless his release clause is met.
Arsenal therefore have to decide if they can fund the £45m fee for Partey but another consideration is the Ghanaian’s wage demands.
According to the Athletic, Partey wants a weekly salary of £200,000-a-week which would make him one of the highest earners at the club.
Mesut Ozil, 31, is the club’s current highest earner on around £350,000-a-week but the club are desperate to get him off the wage bill as he’s deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.
Another element to factor into Arteta’s wish to sign Partey is the £250,000-a-week deal that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is seeking to stay at the club.
The Gunners announced 55 redundancies last week and posted an operating loss in February before the coronavirus pandemic hit to force football into suspension.
Arteta is under pressure to balance the books and the club have put a raft of players up for sale this summer in order to compensate for a fourth season outside the Champions League. Ozil, Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all up for sale.