Ghana’s coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor hopes star midfielder Thomas Partey stays at Spanish side Athletico Madrid and not move to English side Arsenal.
Thomas Partey has been a key member of Diego Simoene’s side and helped them win the Europa Cup in 2018.
The Ghanaians midfielder, 27 years, has been a subject of transfer speculation as he has been linked with a move to Arsenal but in an exclusive interview on Starr Chat on Starr FM, the coach of the Black Stars Charles Akunnor hopes Partey will turn down Arsenal and stay in Spain.
The Former Wolfsburg Captain wants Partey to prioritize Champions League football; “I wouldn’t want Thomas Partey to move to Arsenal in England because with Athletico Madrid he will always play in the UEFA Champions League, It will be difficult for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League” Akonnor said.
The former captain of Ghana Charles Kwabla Akonnorplayed his football in Germany and had coaching stints at Ghanaian clubs Asante Kotoko and Ashgold before his appointment with the National team.
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.