Thomas Partey has been urged to reject a move to Arsenal this summer by former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder has a €50 million (£43m) release clause in his contract with the Spanish club and the Gunners have already opened negotiations ahead of a potential deal in the upcoming transfer window.
Partey is believed to be one of Arteta’s priority targets for the summer, although Arsenal’s transfer budget is heavily dependant on where the club finishes in the Premier League this season.
Reports have also claimed that Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, has approved Arteta’s push to sign the 27-year-old.
But Boateng, who was capped 47 times by Ghana, believes Partey should be turn down Arsenal due to their lack of Champions League football.
‘He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time,’ Boateng told JoyFM.
can make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.
‘I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move
‘They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough. If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.’
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