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Atlético reject Partey swap deal

Atlético Madrid have turned down an approach from Arsenal from midfielder Thomas Partey, which would have seen Matteo Guendouzi had the other way as part of a swap deal.

The Gunners offer €25 million (£22.8 million) plus Guendouzi, but the Spanish club are holding out for €50 million (£45 million) and want a cash-only deal, as they look to raise desperately needed funds.

Guendouzi looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, having fallen out of favour due to disciplinary issues, and the club have made it clear that they are ready to sell him this summer.

Rumours of a move for Partey have been circulating for months, but affordability may now be an issue for Arsenal, who face the prospect of a year without European football next season unless they can win the FA Cup on Saturday.

Players may need to be sold before there can be any incomings, and Guendouzi, for all his baggage, remains one of their most valuable assets.

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