According to a report from 90min, Arsenal has granted permission to midfielder Thomas Partey to explore the possibility of a transfer to the Saudi Pro League. The league has recently witnessed significant investments aimed at attracting top talents from around the world.
Partey, who joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid for a hefty £45 million fee in 2020, played a pivotal role in the Gunners’ campaign last season. He featured in 33 out of 38 Premier League matches, contributing to Arsenal’s impressive challenge for the Premier League title, their first in 15 years.
Despite their return to the Champions League and the development of their promising young squad, Arsenal is open to the departure of the 30-year-old midfielder. This decision comes merely three years after Partey became the fourth most expensive player in the club’s history.
According to the report, a permanent transfer to Saudi Arabia holds appeal for Partey, particularly due to the immediate relief it provides in terms of wages. Arsenal, on the other hand, hopes to secure a profit by selling the midfielder for a sum exceeding the £45 million they initially paid.
The Saudi league has already witnessed high-profile arrivals such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Furthermore, there are ongoing discussions regarding potential moves for players like Hakim Ziyech, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Ruben Neves, who are said to be close to completing transfers to the oil-rich nation.