Arsenal has proposed the idea of swapping midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and striker Alexandre Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey earlier this week.
While Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Atletico madrid man for a number of months, there appears to be a reluctance to meet £45m release clause for Thomas partey.
Speculation persists over the long-term futures of Guendouzi and Lacazette, who may be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium in order to generate transfer funds for the North London club in the coming weeks.
However, speaking to Lee Gunner on his Youtube channel, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says that Spanish club Atletico Madrid are only interested in a straight-cash deal.
Romano said: “For sure they spoke with Atletico Madrid. It was during the meeting they had for Thomas, the first time it was in July. They spoke about Matteo Guendouzi and they spoke also about Lacazette. “But at the moment, Atletico Madrid was not going for Lacazette.”
Midfielder Guendouzi has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal due to issues with Manger Mikel Arteta while Lacazette is now only regarded as backup to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.