Juventus have placed Thomas Partey on their shortlist for the midfield, where they are patiently awaiting Adrien Rabiot’s call on his renewal. Otherwise, he’ll be free to choose his next team in a week. They already tracked the Arsenal powerhouse in previous windows.
According to TuttoSport, the Bianconeri are helped by the fact that the contract of the Ghanaian international expires in 2024, which keeps his price tag in check. The fee would be €18/20M. Instead, the veteran would get a three-year deal. Their executives have done more legwork on him than on other rumored targets.
If Juventus signed Partey, he’d serve as the muscular linchpin of the midfield, while Manuel Locatelli would play box-to-box, where he often shined with Italy. The 30-year-old joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in 2020 and collected 99 appearances since then, scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists.
He was targeted by Saudi teams in the last few days, but he’s keener on staying in Europe. He’d have to reduce his salary since he makes €10M per year. The Old Lady could foot such acquisition through the sale of Denis Zakaria, who’s on West Ham and Bournemouth’s radars.
Our Take on Juventus and Partey
The Bianconeri lack a true defensive-minded specialist there. He’d come in handy for the right price and wages. However, it’d surely be an underwhelming end to their search if the alternatives are really Rabiot, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Davide Frattesi. The fact that they have arranged a few deals leads to believe that they might do something even if the Frenchman stayed. Moving Locatelli to a more dynamic position would be more advisable if it was to make room for a true maestro, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
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