Arsenal star Thomas Partey has agreed personal terms with a Saudi Arabian side over a potential move to the Saudi Pro League, it has been reported, but the two sides are still yet to agree a fee for the Ghanaian midfielder.
The Gunners have recruited aggressively in midfield this summer, with Declan Rice and Kai Havertz both arriving for a combined £170m in a bid to go one better than last season’s runner up spot in the Premier League.
Previously unthinkable, such changes have meant that Partey has also been put up for sale by Mikel Arteta and co, with the 30-year-old now seemingly primed to follow Granit Xhaka out of the north London exit door this summer.
One of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League last season, the Ghanaian has unsurprisingly attracted plenty of interest, with Juventus and several sides from Saudi Arabia thought to be keen on signing him, and Arsenal willing to let him go for a fee of around £45m.
And according to reports coming out of Saudi Arabia, Partey has now agreed personal terms over a move to the middle east, where he will join a host of other stars that have also made the switch this summer, including the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Karim Benzema, Roberto Firmino and Ruben Neves.
No transfer fee has yet been agreed, but should Partey be open to a move away it is thought that the cash-rich Saudi state will have no problem finding an agreement with Arsenal for his transfer.
Should he leave, the Gunners are expected to recruit again in midfield, with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia among those that are under consideration, though they will face competition for his signature from Liverpool, who are also in the process of sending their defensive midfielder to Saudi Arabia.