For anyone thinking that Arsenal might sign cover for Thomas Partey, do not bother wasting mental energy.
Three transfers have happened in the last week (or are happening) that show that Arsenal have zero plans in signing cover for the Ghanaian midfielder.
Firstly we have Idrissa Gueye who is set to leave PSG to return to Everton.
Now 32 years old, the Senegalese midfielder would be very good – if short term – cover for Partey.
Replacing Gueye at PSG is Renato Sanches.
The Portuguese midfielder seems to have been about forever, but is still just 24.
A career which started so brightly with Benfica. He burst onto the scene 6 years ago with Golden Boy performances for Portugal as they won the Euros.
That saw him move to Bayern Munich, then loaned out to Swansea.
He has recently rebuilt his career at Lille, which has led to PSG recruiting him for just just £10million.
Also leaving PSG is former Liverpool midfielder Georgina Winjaldum, who has joined Roma on loan.
All 3 players offer similar attributes as Partey, and would have been deals the club could have done easily.
Gueye and Winjaldum would have offered short term options to cover Partey for the next season. This would have allowed the club to scout a longer to replacement next summer.
Sanches would have potentially been that longer term replacement who would have signed cheaply. And if he didn’t work out would not have been an expensive flop.
The fact Arsenal have not been linked with any of the 3, let alone signed, would indicate we are happy Mohammed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Olexsander Zinchenko covering Partey for this season.
My suspicion is next season we will go bit for a young central midfielder who could be Partey’s longer term replacement.
For how, I think Arsenal have no interest in signing cover for Partey.
Enjoy your day.