Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal both reportedly interested.
The Ghana international has established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in Europe after several impressive seasons for Diego Simeone’s side.
Chelsea and Arsenal are both keen to add a central midfielder to their squad before the deadline, and Partey has been touted as a target for both London clubs.
The Blues have been interested in signing West Ham’s Declan Rice, with Frank Lampard a big fan of the England international’s ability to play at centre-back, but according to The Guardian, Partey is seen as an alternative.
Arsenal have long held an interest in Partey, but Atletico Madrid will only sell if a club activates the midfielder’s £45million release clause – something the Gunners will struggle to do without selling some of their fringe players.
And according to Goal, the situation has not changed on deadline day with Partey waiting to see what develops.
It is also claimed that the midfielder has decided not to push for a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano and is happy to stay at the La Liga side.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted the club would push to complete some last minute deal before the window shuts.
Arteta said: “Believe me, the ownership and the board and doing everything they can to maximise the resources and make this club successful.
“I have 100 per cent backing for them. Whatever we can do, they are willing to do it, to support us.
“Whatever we can add of course we will do it. But we have to be realistic. The people here are supportive.
“Whoever jumps in the boat will be welcome. But we all have a very clear direction and purpose to drive our goals.”