Partey agrees personal terms with Juventus

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, playing against Juventus in a friendly last December, has reportedly agreed to join the Italian side

Thomas Partey could follow in the footsteps of compatriots Stephen Appiah and Kwadwo Asamoah by joining Juventus with reports in Italy suggesting the Ghanaian midfielder has approved a potential move to the Italian Serie A side with the Arsenal midfielder expected to turn down offers from Saudi Arabia.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Partey’s entourage has reached an agreement with the Turin club on personal terms.

Juventus had wanted to sign the Ghanaian international two years ago but was unable to pursue a deal due to the high asking price demanded.

A transfer is now considered more likely with Arsenal willing to sell Partey this summer than avoid losing him for free when his contract expires in June 2024.

Juventus believe a fee of between €18-20million (£15-17million) could be enough to secure a player loved by manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri has been targeting a defensive midfielder in Partey’s mould for some time, with the 30-year-old able to play in various systems.

He has played in a two-man midfielder as part of a 4-2-3-1 at Arsenal, as well as in a three in a 4-3-3 system.

Allegri believes Partey would allow Paul Pogba to play further forward, allowing the Frenchman able to link up with Juventus’ strikers.

Sky Sports report that Partey has been offered a three-year contract at Juventus, with the midfielder open to a move to Italy after spells in both England and Spain.

According to SportMediaset, Partey is keen to remain in a competitive European league, which is expected to lead to him turning down offers from Saudi Pro League sides.

The Ghana captain joined Arsenal in October 2020 from Atletico Madrid, where he had made 188 appearances over five years with the La Liga side.

Partey has played 99 times for Arsenal, scoring five goals and providing four assists.

Ghanaian star Appiah played for Juventus from 2003 to 2005 and won the Serie A title with the Turin side in the 2004/05 season. However, Asamoah enjoyed a more successful spell with the ‘Old Lady’ of Italian football over six seasons, winning five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia, and three Supercoppa Italiana titles between 2012 and 2018.

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